erceptive Informatics, the eClinical subsidiary of US-based contract research organisation (CRO) Parexel, has formed an alliance with global diagnostic imaging network AG Mednet that aims to improve both the efficiency with which medical images are delivered in clinical trials and the quality of imaging data.

Under the partnership, medical imaging data collected from clinical sites around the world will be conveyed to Perceptive Informatics through AG Mednet’s secure, web-enabled network, eliminating the need for medical image file shipments.

That will generate savings for trial sponsors, the eClinical specialist explains. The high image quality available through AG Mednet’s digital delivery system will help sponsors to cut down on the time spent on image reviews, as there will be less need for queries and data reconciliation with sites.

Dr Kenneth Faulkner, vice president of medical imaging for Perceptive Informatics, said the alliance with AG Mednet reflected “our goal to help clients raise the productivity of the clinical development process to a new level through our eClinical platform”.

Last July Phase Forward, the US-based provider of data management solutions for clinical trials and drug safety, teamed up with AG Mednet in a partnership designed to streamline the transfer of medical images between trial sites and central reviewers.

Perceptive Informatics also recently hit a milestone of 10 million calls placed through its ClinPhone Interactive Voice Response System (IVRS) in support of clinical trials over the last seven years. The IVRS technology is used to manage trial functions such as patient enrolment and randomisation as well as study drug inventory management.

ClinPhone IVRS typically handles some two million interactions a year, depending on study requirements, Perceptive Informatics notes. While the average volume is around 5,000 calls for a single trial, some larger trials have pushed that figure over 250,000.