As technology plays a bigger role in clinical trials, clinical study managers are looking for readily available data that is easy to extract. Business Intelligence is the use of computer-based techniques to collect and analyze data.
Being an Oracle Gold Partner, Arithmos is already a user of Oracle Business Intelligence. Its team of Oracle application experts was looking for a way to integrate Oracle BI with new market technologies – in particularly smartphones and tablets. Arithmos has successfully integrated Oracle BI with the iPhone and iPad.
The rationale was the the iPad and iPhone are ideal devices for access to study data information beacause:
- They are easy to use due to small size and zero footprint installation
- Accessible anytime due to Internet availability
- Able to focus on useful data
Prior to Oracle BI 18.104.22.168 there were many ways to access study data including standard reports, web portal for downloading data, Excel files sent via email and sFTP reporting. These methods are considered old-fashioned and more importantly, they are not portable and do not always have Internet connection availability.
Oracle BI provides the BI Publisher “app” for iPhone and iPad which is available for download in the Apple iTunes store. The system requires first the installation of an Oracle database and the BI system. Then, BI should be installed with the Publisher component.
The installation of Oracle BI Mobile to the iPhone is a straightforward configuration of the connection to the BI Publisher Server. Communication is secure using HTTPS, and then credentials are created for the user. The same process can be applied to the iPad.
Once logged in, data can be accessed via the Catalog where personal and shared folders are available. The iPod and iPad application also make specific reports available. The iPod and iPad application also make specific reports available including enrollment status, SAE reporting, study metrics, site personnel and monitor activities, and aggregated study data. The devices are in fact easily portable and have easy access to WiFi or Internet subscriptions.
Arithmos has also considered the data privacy aspect. Data is transmitted securely through HTTPS via Internet and stored in the BI server and the Arithmos data center ensuring privacy, security and backup.