Press Release

  • For Immediate Release
  • 05/23/2006

Quality Data Services, Inc. Successfully Implements VISTA for EDC Study

Web-based investigative site technology assessment service improves clinical study start-up for pharmaceutical companies, CROs and EDC providers by removing time, cost and inaccuracies from the technology assessment process

MEDIA, PA May 23, 2006 - Scientific Software Tools, Inc. (SST), a leader in the area of technology enabling software and services for clinical trials, and Quality Data Services, Inc. (QDS), a leading Contract Research Organization, announce that QDS has successfully used VISTA, the investigative site technology assessment service, in a key multinational electronic data capture (EDC) clinical trial.

Before an EDC clinical study begins a technology assessment of the PCs at remote investigative sites is performed to ensure that they meet the requirements of the study. This is typically done by time-consuming and costly manual paper-driven surveys or on-site visits. VISTA, a web-based service designed specifically for non-technical users in clincial research, automates this process and saves days to weeks of time. Within seconds to minutes VISTA quickly and accurately assesses, captures, and reports on the technology infrastructure of remote sites anywhere around the world. VISTA is highly customizable and benefits pharmaceutical companies, CROs, and EDC providers.

Nancy Kohl, President of Quality Data Services, Inc., explains, “VISTA is simple and easy for investigative sites to use, and it provides quick and accurate information for our clinical and support staff.” When asked what she has heard from staff, investigators and support desk personnel regarding VISTA, Ms. Kohl said, “I do not hear about VISTA, I just hear that site assessment has been completed quickly, easily and without a hitch, and that was my goal when selecting VISTA.”

Elise Furman, President of Scientific Software Tools, Inc., adds, “VISTA was designed to help eliminate frustration for investigators and CRAs, and cut costs for site technology assessment, from a small pilot study to the biggest international clinical trial.”

For information regarding VISTA and how it might help sponsors, CROs, EDC providers and investigative sites, go to, or contact Elise Furman at Scientific Software Tools, Inc., at (610) 891-1640.

For information on Quality Data Services, Inc.’s customized clinical trial services go to

Headquartered in suburban Philadelphia and founded in 1988 by a M.D. and R.N., Scientific Software Tools, Inc. ( provides software development services to customers in the pharmaceutical, CRO, manufacturing and healthcare industries.

For more information contact: Elise Furman, Scientific Software Tools, 1023 East Baltimore Pike, Suite 100, Media, PA 19063.

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