In the style of Peter King from SI, here are a few things I think I think coming out of DIA:

1. I hadn’t noticed as many device manufacturers in previous years.  ePRO (e-Patient Reported Outcomes) is obvious – and expected – but there were a number of device manufacturers showing their devices for use in clinical trials – especially Phase I trials. 

Of course my attention was drawn to vendors who are using the Windows Embedded operating system (naturally), with companies like Phillips (with their 12 lead ECG) and others on the Spyrometry side. 

Makes sense, and not sure why I was surprised, but I was…

2. And thinking of ePRO, I was pleased to see a number of noted ePRO vendors that have begun to embrace the Windows platform with their devices.  Of note was PHT – check out the picture below of their new device:


They were showing devices on the Windows Mobile platform, along with devices running Windows XP.  Very cool.

Then I went over to the eTrials booth where they were showing the HP iPAQ device (thanks to the eTrials “hand model” for her help!) running the eTrials ePRO software.  The screenshot below is of the “how are you feeling” variety. 


After spending three days on our feet on the show floor, I’m not surprised she was choosing towards the “in pain” side!

3. On the user interface front, the folks over at Lorenz were showing a new CTMS developed using WPF (Windows Presentation Foundation) which gave them a more advanced look and feel, as well as the ability to take advantage of new capabilities in Vista and the forthcoming Windows 7 without a lot of heavy lifting.  Check out their screen shots:




With a “Ribbon” style menu interface (a la Office 2007) and other increasingly common user interface elements, the updated user interface makes the CTMS easier to use, which will lower training costs.

4. A public thank you to Chuck for hosting a group of us for dinner on Wednesday night.   Great company and conversation.  Thank you! 

5. Here is a shot of the San Deigo sunset (when the sun finally did come out!).  Note the kids swimming – the water can’t be more than 55 degrees and the temperature outside was only in the mid-sixties.  Oh to be young!


Next post: Post DIA thoughts on EHR/EMR integration.