Oracle introduces clinical trial data collection tool

Oracle took the wraps off a new interface to its Remote Data Capture software designed to improve the collection of patient data in clinical trials.

Oracle unveiled a new interface to its electronic data capture software as part of the database and applications vendor's bid to gain more presence in the life sciences market.

Released Tuesday, Remote Data Capture Onsite runs on top of version 4.5.1 of Oracle's Remote Data Capture software. The new tool is aimed at staff whose main task is gathering patient data for use in clinical trials.

The Onsite interface presents patients' case report forms as icons and indicates the current status of the data they contain including whether the information has been verified or approved.

The idea is to make it easier for staff to find and enter patient data quickly. This capability is particularly important when patients involved in clinical trials come into medical facilities for unscheduled visits and clinical staff need to do on-the-spot data collection.

Remote Data Capture Onsite includes a discrepancy management module designed to handle any issues relating to discrepancies between existing information and new data about a patient.

As Oracle continues to bring its disparate applications together under its Fusion project, the vendor has said publicly it's keen to integrate the clinical trial management software it acquired when it purchased Siebel with its own academic research applications.

The first release of Oracle CRM OnDemand Release 10, formerly Siebel OnDemand hosted CRM (customer relationship management) software, which debuted in April included particular enhancements aimed at users in the life sciences community.

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