Health Care Industry Increases Use of Clinical PortalsBy M.L. Baker | Print
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eWEEK.com speaks with an Internet specialist about the growing use of Web portals in clinical development.The actual cost of drug development is a matter of debate, since companies are stingy when it comes to releasing data. But one thing's certain: it's not cheap. According to an estimate made last year by the Tufts Center for the Study of Drug Development, the cost of bringing a drug to market is $897 million dollars. Late last year, the consultancy Bain & Co. Inc. used different assumptions and upped the estimate even higher, to $1.7 billion.
Industry experts attribute most of the expenses to clinical trials. In these multiyear studies, huge volumes of data are collected from patients, often by clinicians working at more than a dozen sites.
Not surprisingly, there's a large market for products and services that claim to make clinical trials more efficient. These include several kinds of so-called e-clinical services such as electronic-data capture, interactive patient enrollment and Web-based trials management. As these services grow in use and number, professionals need ways that keep their applicationsand their team membersworking together. But until recently, one potential solution has been consistently underused: namely, the World Wide Web.