Target Health Writeup in ClinPage

Target Health is pleased to announce that Mark Uehling, author of ClinPage, has written an article entitled On Target at Target Health in the September 25, 2009 edition of the website.  Here is part of the article 

Target Health’s president Jules Mitchel has been having a great year. His small, New York-based contract research organization has been posting some numbers that far larger contract research firms would be very happy with. “We have three approvals with EDC this year already,” Mitchel notes, referring to his customer’s progress in Europe and at the FDA. “We have three approvals with 42 employees. Last year, we had two approvals.” In his spare time, Mitchel has been a pioneer in developing software for electronic data capture and document management. “We give people what they need. Our system was developed by project managers and data managers, not technology people. We get repeat business all the time.” Of late, he’s been putting the finishing touches on a clinical trial management system (CTMS). The system doesn’t yet have a module to handle payments to sites. But it does the other work of a CTMS, helping to pick and manage sites. It handles drug supplies. Says Mitchel: “The documents and the CTMS should be controlled by the sponsors.” And on the topic of his CTMS, he is energized about the reports the system can produce, believing they are powerful enough to help projects run more smoothly. “This is across all studies,” he notes. “I can see all my deliverables.” Demonstrating the system for a reporter, he types in a name, and sees all of the work that that soul owes the trial. “We want to make everything transparent.” There are people in the industry who accommodate paper, indulge attachments, and generally don’t want to nudge the clinical trial fraternity toward an age of greater efficiency. For reasons we’ve never quite understood, Mitchel’s optimism extends toward pushing his own company and clients toward no paper. He doesn’t view this as a quixotic quest. He sees it as a matter of efficiency and getting therapies to market as rapidly as possible. “Our goal is to eliminate email and spreadsheets and all that stuff,” he says. Target Health is paperless, an achievement that is probably only possible at a small firm. Adds Mitchel: “We have no trial master file binders in the company. We sign everything electronically.” The company’s approach, he says, has now attracted a few other contract research organizations (CROs) that realize they need good tools, too. They’re using Target Health’s software. “Our business model is to partner,” he says. “We are partnering with several CROs. They may get projects they wouldn’t get without it.” In a separate initiative, Mitchel is exploring ways to connect clinical trials to electronic health records. He is not alone in this regard. But he believes the technical aspects of such linkages may be easier than much of the industry suspects. One of the most delicate issues is that the integrity of the clinical trial system has to be maintained, as the EHR industry remains unconcerned with the regulations around clinical trials. “The EHR companies claim they don’t want to be part 11 compliant,” he says. “So we are populating the EHR as opposed to having the EHR sending data to the EDC company.” 

For more information about Target Health and our software tools for paperless clinical trials, please contact Dr. Jules T. Mitchel (212-681-2100 ext 0) or Ms. Joyce Hays. Target Health’s software tools are designed to partner with both CROs and Sponsors. Please visit the Target Health Website at www.targethealth.com

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