SOURCE: OmniComm Systems, Inc.

OmniComm Systems, Inc.

February 24, 2015 08:30 ET

European Group for Research in Schizophrenia Selects OmniComm Systems® TrialMaster® Risk-Based & Centralized Monitoring With Auto-Redaction to Reduce Monitoring Costs

FORT LAUDERDALE, FL--(Marketwired - Feb 24, 2015) - OmniComm Systems, Inc. (OmniComm) (OTCQB: OMCM), a global leading provider of clinical data management technology, announces that the European Group for Research in Schizophrenia (EGRIS) has selected TrialMaster electronic data capture (EDC) technology with risk-based and centralized monitoring for its European Long-acting Antipsychotics in Schizophrenia Trial (EULAST). The EULAST trial will span 16 countries, involve 45 investigator sites, enroll up to 720 patients and is expected to run for 7 years. EULAST is a Late Phase (Phase IV) interventional study aimed at investigating possible advantages of depot medication over oral antipsychotics in an independently designed and conducted, randomized, pragmatic trial.

TrialMaster's risk-based and centralized monitoring capabilities with auto-redaction were significant factors for the selection of TrialMaster. TrialMaster is the only EDC application available with built-in auto-redaction capability. This first of its kind, patent pending technology enables site investigators to protect patient privacy and remove patient identifiable information by irreversibly masking these fields. TrialMaster's centralized monitoring auto-redaction capability allows site monitors to view and inspect documents remotely, significantly reducing the high costs associated with on-site visits. This is an important consideration when taking into account the scope of the EULAST.

"Non-adherence to effective medications is a source of relapse and unnecessary hospitalization in individuals suffering from schizophrenia," says Dr. Michael Davidson, professor and head of the department of psychiatry at the Sheba Medical Center and professor of psychiatry at the Sackler School of Medicine. "Despite the common sense notion that depot medication administered once a month should increase adherence and thereby reduce relapse risk (in comparison with oral medication that has to be administered daily) it has been difficult to demonstrate this in traditional blinded clinical trials. Because of its size and design the EULAST will provide a definitive answer whether long acting medication indeed increases successful treatment continuation. For this, data quality is of the highest importance. We feel reassured that data quality and protocol adherence is supported by the innovative solutions offered by TrialMaster." 

Physician and site personnel turnover is not unusual in a study of this magnitude making compliance and training an ongoing challenge. TrialMaster's intuitive user interface and eLearning functionality minimizes the training effort typically associated with new site personnel and ensures data quality and integrity is maintained throughout the study.

"We are proud to be selected by EGRIS as their strategic technology partner," said Wolf Ondracek, senior vice president of Academic and Asian Markets and managing director at OmniComm Systems. "Using TrialMaster's risk-based and central monitoring with auto redaction will lower their total monitoring costs while ensuring data quality and facilitating better and faster decision making. As the leading innovators in EDC technology, OmniComm provides the most efficient, effective and modern EDC technology needed for their clinical program."

The trial is overseen by three internationally renowned principal investigators, Dr. René Kahn, professor and chair of the department of psychiatry and head of the division of neuroscience at the University Medical Center, Utrecht, Netherlands; Dr. Wolfgang Fleischhacker, professor in the department of psychiatry and psychotherapy at Innsbruck University Clinics, Innsbruck, Austria; and Dr. Michael Davidson, professor and head of the department of psychiatry at the Sheba Medical Center and professor of psychiatry at the Sackler School of Medicine, Tel Aviv, Israel.

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