Last week, the winners of Clinical Informatics News’ Best Practices Awards were announced at the 2015 Summit for Clinical Ops Executives, SCOPE, in Orlando. Three grand prizes were awarded that recognized organizations’ exemplary use of IT to improve patient services, clinical operations and clinical trial management. Six additional companies were named finalists. The winners were announced during the final plenary panel at SCOPE in an awards presentation hosted by Allison Proffitt, the editor of Clinical Informatics News.
ePharma Solutions won an award for their project “SitePortal: Moving Clinical Research Study Sites and Medical Institutions to a Paperless Clinical Trials Environment” in the category of “Patient Data Management”. SitePortal is a product meant to provide sites with a validated, cloud-based portal, which they can use to manage clinical trial resources, maintain and archive all of their documents online.
Clinical Supplies Management (CSM) won in the category of “Study Startup and Design” for their direct-to-patient shipping project that enabled a complex pediatric clinical trial. 36 young patients across the country were required to take doses at three specific times every day for 14 days in a row. The medication had to be prepped in a lab, shipped fresh every day, used within 48 hours and maintained at specific temperatures at all times. CSM was able to design a patient kit that could be reconstituted daily and shipped overnight.
For “Clinical Data Intelligence”, Dabo Health won for “Quality Metrics: Date Transparency and User-customized Design Drive Frontline Engagement”. Dabo Health had launched a pilot study with the Mayo Clinic cardiovascular unit to use a social environment to help foster a culture of teamwork, accountability and ultimately higher-quality patient care. This platform was able to prompt a culture of transparency, improved metrics and communication. This collaborative sharing of information and responsibility reduced duplicated effort and other inefficiencies.
As well as these three winners, entries from such companies as DDI, MarkoCare, DrugDev, PHT Corporation, CFS Financial and Parallax Online were cited as finalists. Judges reviewed countless other entries, looking for such factors as industry impact, innovative use of technology and an effort to tackle areas with a large and unmet need for new solutions.