Research News

  • Canadian Clinical Trials Asset Map (CCTAM) now Live!

    By on June 18, 2015

    Canada is making strides towards becoming a key research hub on a global scale. Last week, an important step was taken towards better accrediting the resources available for conduct of clinical research in Canada by launching the Canadian Clinical Trials Asset Map (CCTAM), intended as an evolving database of resources available from coast to coast including CRO’s, clinical research sites, laboratories, as well as software and technology partners in clinical research.

    To learn more, you can read this article.


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  • FDA Releases Draft Guidance on General Wellness Devices

    By on April 17, 2015

    Considering the increased use of technology in monitoring our daily activities and physiological functions, it is reassuring to see that regulatory bodies such as the FDA are making a step toward defining devices and developing guidelines for their respective claims. Many of the devices mentioned in the document are being utilized in studies and combined with electronic patient diary data (ePRO) to get a well-rounded picture of the patient’s state, including both the participant’s perception as well as physiological aspects. If widely accepted, this guidance should help standardize the reporting of study results and claims associated with device use that is currently lacking. The Draft Guidance can be seen here.


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  • SCOPE Conference, February 2015, Orlando, FL

    By on March 3, 2015

    Tailored to clinical operations, SCOPE brought together industry leaders from pharma, CROs and a number of technology frontrunners including HealthDiary. Overall, we were pleased to see a trend toward increasing technology use for all aspects of clinical trials, from business and study planning, patient recruitment, site management, trial management and submissions.

    A number of perspectives were shared pertaining to electronic patient reported outcomes (ePROs) or patient diaries and electronic data capture (EDC) in improving recruitment strategies as well as patient retention in clinical trials. We believe that the future holds many opportunities in this segment of electronic data collection via patient diaries or patient reported outcomes (ePRO), as there is an increased understanding of the value of patient centricity in clinical trial conduct, patient compliance, and study outcomes.

    We were pleased to present our tablet interface for site and patient data entry, that generated a great deal of interest from pharma and CRO executives. Thank you to everyone that saw our product and sampled our chocolates!

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  • SCOPE Conference!

    By on January 22, 2015

    HealthDiary will be exhibiting at the Summit for Clinical Opps Executives (SCOPE) on February 24-26th in Orlando, Florida. This event will be focused on how clinical operations can be streamlined through use of modern technologies and methodologies. With an in-depth review of new strategies for monitoring of all aspects of clinical studies, the conference will serve as a good platform for discussing the increased role of technology in clinical trials and observational studies. HealthDiary will be showcasing electronic data capture (EDC), electronic patient reported outcomes (ePRO) or patient diaries, and Patent Registries. See more at

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  • Outsourcing in Clinical Trials

    By on January 14, 2015

    As Canada’s landscape for clinical research is evolving, it is critical to pay attention to the developing trends, where outsourcing strategies are becoming a key to success in pharmaceutical development. Getting the most “bang for your buck” in this highly competitive industry is critical to overcoming the challenges of a fast paced environment.

    The OCT conference brought together industry pioneers to discuss current challenges and to contribute their experiences and ideas on improving partnering in clinical trials. The conference touched on regulatory, financial and logistics aspects of collaborating in clinical research.

    As an electronic data capture (EDC) and patient diary or electronic patient reported outcomes (ePRO) vendor, we have benefited from the information presented as it provides us with greater insight into the challenges our clients are facing, as well as ideas for innovation that will further improve our offerings.

    Since EDC and ePRO use in clinical trials is rapidly increasing, we hope to see more related content at next year’s conference. While large CROs make tremendous financial investments into developing their own EDC systems, it would be of great benefit to smaller and medium-sized CROs and Pharmaceutical organizations to learn more about outsourcing electronic data capture. Rather than making the large financial commitment into developing an EDC system, they can benefit from years of experience and infrastructure already built and maintained by an EDC vendor for a fraction of the cost.

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    HealthDiary provides Electronic Data Capture, EDC, Patient Diaries, ePRO and Patient Registry services to Biopharma and CRO organizations. To learn more about our services, please contact us today.

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