MD On-Line (MDOL), a US-based provider of eHealthcare solutions such as electronic data interchange and electronic medical records systems, is now turning its attention to physician-driven patient recruitment for clinical trials.
The company’s new ID Recruit tool is designed to help doctors and the pharmaceutical industry identify the best candidates for clinical trials, saving time and “allowing researchers to focus on what matters most – the development and approval of life-saving medicines and treatments”, noted Jeff Meehan, MDOL’s chief commercial officer.
Integrated into the physician’s practice workflow, ID Recruit targets clinical-trial candidates based on key criteria such as age or medical condition, and “puts the information directly into the hands of doctors”, the company explained.
The system gives doctors access to background information on clinical trials currently in progress, how many patients within a physician’s office would qualify for a particular trial, and why these studies could benefit patients.
The doctor can then contact patients through ID Recruit to gauge their interest in moving forward with a clinical trial, as well as providing details such as the duration of the trial and the location of the study centre.
“With the increased use of electronic health records, doctors are keeping a better pulse on their patients,” MDOL observed. “Now, the addition of ID Recruit allows these physicians to directly connect their patients to relevant clinical trials.”