WA firm at forefront of electronic data capture to improve health of Australians

Linear Clinical Research

A Perth research company which is using cloud-based technology to record data on their patients and participants involved in ground-breaking clinical trials, say the immediacy of results will accelerate the development of potentially life-changing therapies.

Dr Michael Winlo, the CEO of Linear Clinical Research, a facility with the Harry Perkins Institute of Medical Research (the Perkins), said they were leading the country and the globe with electronic trial data capture.

“Perth is at the forefront of health data analysis which will deliver a range of benefits to both patients and providers,” Dr Winlo said.

“We are the first clinical research centre in Australia providing this kind of technology to major international pharmaceutical and biotech companies sponsoring medical trials.

“We are using a unique, cloud-based system that was devised by a US based company called Medrio who have so far assisted 2,500 clinical trials around the globe.”

Medrio CEO Mike Novotny said their technology is transforming research.

“Trials are getting larger and more complicated and there is more competition among drug companies who want to bring their therapies to market faster than ever before. This technology can speed up the whole process.”

Professor Peter Leedman, the director of the Perkins, said Linear was at the cutting edge in this field.

“Moving to an electronic data capture platform is the future of clinical trials and will deliver better outcomes for patients at Linear by making trials more efficient, higher quality and enabling new medicines to be accessed by patients faster.”

Dr Winlo confirmed the potential value in capturing data electronically. “Today, with paper-based systems, so much potentially valuable information is trapped and unavailable for analysis. Yet this is the standard for clinical trials and for much of our health system. With electronic data capture, we can start to analyse clinical data immediately, and with more powerful tools determine if a medication is working or whether we need to change the dosage or stop altogether.

“Electronic data capture is so important—that’s why we are fully supportive of a National Digital Health Strategy which paves the way for health information to eventually be integrated into one electronic data system,” Dr Winlo added.

“This will provide potentially lifesaving access to reports about medication, allergies, laboratory tests and chronic conditions.”

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