Wipro Technologies aims to reduce clinical trial times and ease electronic communication among researchers, drug sponsors and regulators with its new Cloud Collaboration Platform.
IT outsourcing firm Wipro Technologies
introduced its secure cloud-based Clinical Collaboration Portal that it says
can reduce clinical drug trial time by 20 to 30 percent.
Clinical Collaboration Portal is a mixture of clinical data capture, electronic
data management and trial management. Researchers can also use the portal to
order trial equipment.
building the portal, Wipro wanted to create a way for pharmaceutical companies,
drug sponsors, clinical researchers and regulators to communicate easily using
electronic messaging such as SMS texting. It also allows users to exchange
documents in real time using a single interface, rather than using snail mail
and shipping services.
a need for all these people to communicate through one single hub," R.
Srinivas Rao, vice president and vertical head for Wipro's Life Sciences
Solutions, told eWEEK.
snail mail and shipping services can save many years of time in the clinical
trial process. Transferring documents using these methods takes up to five or
six days, according to Rao.
the documents collected during the clinical trials process are circulated today
via regular mail or leading couriers in each region," he noted. "This
approach is both time- and cost-intensive."
the Wipro portal, cycle time for submission and review of documents can be
reduced to one to two days, Rao said.
reduction directly impacts the clinical trial cycle time, which will improve
the trial efficiency and reduce the overall time investment," Rao
explained. "This in turn can reduce costs for the organizations that have
commissioned the trial."
portal will also help improve communication among these groups in multiple
regions, including North America, Asia and Europe. It creates a standard
operating procedure for uses in these areas and creates reports of how trials
are progressing globally.
time an adverse drug reaction, called a SUSAR (suspected unexpected serious
adverse reaction), occurs during trials, researchers must inform all parties
involved, a process that can increase the overhead of trials, according to Rao.
"Through this collaboration portal, the SUSAR distribution can be done
electronically without incurring any courier or mailing cost, and the
acknowledgments can be tracked electronically," he said.
Clinical Collaboration Portal provides a central location to manage financing
for trials, schedule trial sessions, manage recruitment of patients and
organize accurate reporting of trial results.
also allows users to adhere to regulations. It follows U.S. FDA rules on
electronic data capture and signatures, Rao said.
portal helps all the trial participants including researchers consolidate
critical trial-related communication and documents," he explained.
"Whenever there are protocol violations or deviation, they can immediately
communicate this via the portal without having to wait for the system."
on June 17, Wipro's portal is built on Microsoft SharePoint 2010 and SQL Server
2008 and works with Oracle clinical data management software.
June 20, Oracle
introduced its Health Sciences Trial Center application
, which provides a
single console to view multiple drug trials.
Clinical Collaboration Portal also works with other vendors' products to handle
electronic data capture, interactive voice recording and document and clinical