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Experts to present data addressing patient and physician barriers to clinical trials
Date:5/15/2013

ematology and Oncology Fellow at UHCMC, and Dr. Meropol will present findings examining the use of Trial Prospector an automated, HIPAA-compliant program pioneered by UHCMC that matches patients to clinical trials based on information extracted from their electronic medical records. Its user-friendly interface allows for physician perusal of relevant clinical trials and eligibility checklists at the point of care without requiring manual data entry. For this study, pilot testing was performed in a GI oncology subspecialty clinic. Eleven oncologists completed surveys after each patient visit to assess the usability and impact of Trial Prospector.

Results showed that the Trial Prospector matching algorithm was 100 percent accurate and saved time identifying potential clinical trials. Physicians generally found it to be easy to use, and 90.9 percent said they would recommend its use for clinical trial eligibility screening. Based on these preliminary findings, Dr. Parchman and team intend to expand data elements to increase the precision of trial matching and expand to other disease specialties and practice locations.

Funding for this study was provided by the Clinical and Translational Science Collaborative of Cleveland, UL1TR000439 from the National Center for Advancing Translational Sciences (NCATS) component of the National Institutes of Health and NIH roadmap for Medical Research to Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine.


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Contact: Alicia Reale
alicia.reale@uhhospitals.org
216-844-5158
University Hospitals Case Medical Center
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