The importance of clinical research needs no elaboration – it brings important new treatments and methodologies, ushers in improvements in healthcare provider training and ultimately drives higher quality care and better patient outcomes.
But, clinical research studies have gained a reputation for being cumbersome, slow, expensive, and difficult to manage. There are many opportunities for digital technologies to address these challenges and facilitate faster, simpler and more cost-effective results.
Trice Imaging, a global leader in cloud-based medical imaging solutions, has also recognized the need for technology in clinical research and partnered with organizations to accelerate clinical studies around the world. These partners include organizations such as the North American Fetal Therapy Network (NAFTNet), National Institutes of Health (NIH), Baylor College of Medicine, and the French College of Fetal Ultrasound (CFEF).
The solution, Tricefy™, is a secure cloud-based platform that allows study participants to centrally aggregate, share and collaborate on research data in a secure environment.
A key advantage of the Tricefy platform is speed and the ability to bring together multiple sites regardless of geographic location. Because it is a cloud-based solution, sites from all over the globe are able to sign up and get started in as little as one day – many times without the need for IT help.
Once up and running, they can upload images, clips and reports to a single, centralized cloud solution. They are then able to share and collaborate on those images within seconds. This greatly reduces the time and cost of other commonly used sharing methods such as printing and faxing or even burning and mailing DVDs.
“To improve research techniques, NAFTNet has leveraged Tricefy to easily distribute anonymized data and gather feedback with virtually no IT resources. Normally, the technical nuances add weeks to months of delay. Tricefy has allowed us to rapidly and securely exchange data and greatly accelerate the time to achieving research milestones,” said Dr. Anthony Johnson, Professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology and Pediatric Surgery, Co-Director of the Fetal Center at Children’s Memorial Hermann Hospital and ISUOG Outreach Chairperson.
Dr. Georges Haddad, President CFEF said, “Tricefy’s cloud-based solution saves us time and money, improving the efficiency of our weekly meetings and quality of diagnosis overall. Tricefy enables us to perform remote ultrasound examinations – and this exchange of images, data and findings is highly efficient and provides the opportunity to collaborate globally and improve medical care, education and research. “
In addition to speed and simplicity, Tricefy also offers research partners security for their study data. Data can be sent directly from imaging systems, such as ultrasound machines, with the touch of a button. It is fully anonymized and then sent through a secure, one-way portal to other study participants, which they can access within seconds on any device, such as a smart phone, tablet or laptop. It can even be integrated directly into the providers’ electronic medical records.
Dr. Wesley Lee, Division Director, Woman’s and Fetal Imaging at Baylor College of Medicine said, “With Tricefy, we can rapidly and securely send anonymized data from sites across multiple countries with the click of a button. This ease of use, combined with the fact that it requires virtually no IT involvement for installation or maintenance, makes it simple and easy for all of our sites to participate.”
For Trice, supporting global research efforts is more than a side-project; it’s mission-critical.
“Trice’s ongoing commitment to partnering with and supporting global research organizations is key to our ultimate mission: providing quality healthcare to everybody, regardless of who or where they are,” said Asa Nordgren, CEO and Founder of Trice Imaging. “Working with these organizations is a rewarding venture that allows us to foster research in the field of ultrasound at a faster pace with the commitment to improve clinical outcomes.”
Visit Trice Imaging at the ISUOG World Congress in Vienna (September 16-19, 2017) at booth #16 to learn more.