February 14, 2013–The National Minority Quality Forum announced today a collaboration between its National Health Index (NHI) and Microsoft Corporation to launch the National Clinical Trial Network (NCTN) designed to address important challenges in clinical trials—accelerating recruitment and diversity. The relationship allows NCTN to deliver a platform that provides a comprehensive database of clinical trial options to providers.
“It’s our view big data will change the way we conduct clinical trials moving forward. What makes the NCTN platform unique is it will provide an interactive, communications portal linking researchers to practicing physicians whose diversity of patients may be candidates for clinical trials,” says Gary Puckrein, president and CEO of the National Minority Quality Forum. “Being able to quickly link the broader community of medical researchers, practicing physicians, tertiary care centers, and allied health professionals together, we can expedite discovery and translational research.”
NCTN will also be a data warehouse (patient registries, bio banks and community-level health statistics), transforming isolated data repositories into an integrated, searchable, national archive, permitting the rapid identification of representative samples of risk populations who might benefit from a proposed therapy.
NCTN will maintain searchable profiles of clinical research institutions, experienced clinical investigators and those interested in being a clinical researcher. Its investigator registry will provide background information on investigators, their practices and the communities that they serve.
“This collaboration with the National Health Index is truly a 21st century healthcare venture, using big data and Microsoft’s proprietary software to give the research community a vast array of information and communications tools,” said Michael Robinson, Vice President of U.S….Read more