PALO ALTO, CALIF. – June 21, 2013 – Driven by increasing demand for its cloud-based data insights solution, Comprehend Systems further expands its reach in the clinical research space with a partnership with Merge Healthcare’s eClinical Solutions division. The integration of Comprehend Clinical™ with Merge’s eClinical OS™ will enable Merge’s growing base of sponsor and contract research organization (CRO) customers to gain critical insights into end-to-end clinical and operational data – without the need for costly programming, data warehousing or business intelligence (BI) tools.
Supporting more than 600 new clinical trial studies each year across all phases and therapeutic categories, Merge offers a cloud-based, comprehensive clinical trial platform, eClinical OS™, to industry leading CROs, pharmaceutical, medical device and biotechnology companies worldwide. As the eClinical OS adoption continues to grow at a rapid pace, Merge identified the opportunity to provide its customers with real-time data visualization and analysis tools. To address this critical need for streamlined and cost-efficient visibility into trial data, Merge will be able to provide its customers with data insights and reporting powered by Comprehend to all of its customers.
“To ensure trials run safely and effectively, sponsors and CROs today need better access into all clinical data, but with the growing number of different systems and studies in play at any given time, that’s proven to be a costly and time-consuming endeavor,” said Zaher El-Assi, general manager of Merge eClinical. “Comprehend is the only company to address this issue with a cloud-based solution that can provide study teams with insights, visualizations and reports derived from data across any and all systems.”
Comprehend Clinical enables sponsors and CROs to achieve end-to-end awareness across all systems in order to make real-time decisions quickly and easily, without having to transfer data or implement additional analytics or BI tools that are often heavy and expensive. Through this partnership, Comprehend Clinical will now be available via Merge’s secure and user-friendly self-service portal, enabling executives, data managers, study managers, clinical operations, biostatisticians, monitors and others to access critical insights across all of their clinical and operational data.
“Merge’s approach to evolving the clinical research industry through cloud-based technology aligns well with our strategy to put data at researchers’ fingertips so they’re able to make faster, safer and more intelligent decisions about their trials,” said Rick Morrison, CEO of Comprehend Systems. “By seamlessly integrating Comprehend Clinical with eClinical OS, Merge has demonstrated its commitment to meeting a critical demand among sponsors and CROs and providing the highest level of support and insight to customers.”
The integrated solution will be available to Merge customers by July and will be offered at various levels and price points, depending on each sponsor or CRO’s reporting needs. The solution will also be demoed in Comprehend’s booth (#2014) and Merge’s booth (#619) at next/this week’s Drug Information Association (DIA) Annual Meeting in Boston, Mass.
Comprehend Systems, Inc. (www.comprehend.com) offers cloud-based clinical data insights tools that improve the way clinical researchers access, understand, explore and analyze data. Designed specifically for life sciences, Comprehend Clinical ™ enables data managers, monitors and clinical operations executives to identify broad operational and clinical trends across trials and also easily drill down and report on a wide range of factors, including safety issues, regulatory requirements and opportunities for critical time and cost savings. Comprehend Systems was founded in 2010 in Palo Alto by a team of entrepreneurs with decades of combined experience in clinical research and software development.
Merge is a leading provider of clinical systems and innovations that seek to transform healthcare. Merge’s enterprise and cloud-based solutions for image intensive specialties provide access to any image, anywhere, any time. Merge also provides health stations, clinical trials software and other health data and analytics solutions that engage consumers in their personal health. With solutions that are used by providers and consumers and include more than 20 years of innovation, Merge is helping to reduce costs and improve the quality of healthcare worldwide. For more information, visit merge.com.