MASSDEVICE ON CALL — Durham, N.C.-based Heart Imaging Technologies won a $2.5 million grant from the National Institutes of Health in support of efforts to build a "corelab of the future."
HeartIT pioneered the WebPAX system, which the company calls the 1st FDA-approved zero-footprint medical imaging workstation. The company also has a substantial footprint in clinical trials, having also won a $2.5 million NIH grant in 2011.
HeartIT’s latest effort aims to integrate image quality assurance, site queries, reporting of end-point analyses and other corelab work-flows into a cloud-based system that "provides support for all imaging corelab activities and integration into electronic data capture systems, according to a press release.
"By moving imaging corelabs out of their traditional ‘brick-and-mortar’ environments and into the ‘cloud,’ medical images can be interpreted from anywhere in the world within minutes rather than weeks," HeartIT president Dr. Robert Judd said in prepared remarks. "Moving corelabs to ‘the cloud’ will not only improve corelab work-flows, but will also improve communication between the corelab and the other clinical trials stakeholders such as the CRO, the data safety and monitoring board, the sponsor, and the FDA. In addition, making images available rapidly will enable new trial designs that reduce site-to-site variability of the study population, thereby reducing the number of patients needed to detect treatment effects, trial durations, and trial costs."
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