Press Release

  • For Immediate Release
  • 11/10/2006

VISTA Automated Site Assessment Service for E-Clinical Studies Gains Momentum

VISTA web-based service chosen by a top 50 Pharmaceutical Sponsor and an international Contract Research Organization to automate site technology assessment for their e-clincial studies.

MEDIA, PA November 10, 2006 - Scientific Software Tools, Inc. (SST), a leader in the area of technology enabling software and services for clinical trials today announced increased acceptance in the e-clinical trials market for VISTA, a web-based automated site technology assessment service used by Pharmaceutical Sponsors, Contract Research Organizations (CROs) and Electronic Data Capture (EDC) vendors prior to the initiation of an EDC clinical study. Over the last month two new clients have selected VISTA.

Before an EDC clinical study begins an assessment must be performed to ensure that the PC technology at the investigative sites meets the study requirements. The current site technology assessment process is accomplished by phone calls, faxes and emails sent to non-technical site personnel requesting information of a highly technical nature about their PC infrastructure. VISTA automates and simplifies this process shortening site technology assessment from weeks to hours. Using VISTA study sites are directed to a web site where they click a button or two and in seconds to minutes a comprehensive technology report is available for determination if a site is qualified to participate in the EDC study. The quicker a study site passes a technology assessment the sooner the site can deliver critical study data electronically to the Pharmaceutical Sponsor or CRO.

According to Elise Furman, President of Scientific Software Tools, Inc "the CRO chose VISTA because they were in charge of a large international EDC study with a tight start-up deadline. They were uncertain of the PC infrastructure at the selected international study sites and needed a quick and accurate way to assure the study Sponsor that the sites met the technology requirements. Using VISTA the CRO will have those answers in hours, allowing it to meet the tight deadline."

"The Pharmaceutical Sponsor chose VISTA primarily to make sure that the study sites had a good user experience with EDC. They wanted accurate measurements including connectivity speed and page turn rate. In the past slow page turns or difficulty uploading study data has caused site frustration and study delays. Additionally, they recognized that their traditional manual method for completing a site technology assessment is labor-intensive, time-consuming and the responses given on the technical questionnaires (by non technical personnel) were often inaccurate. Using VISTA the Pharmaceutical Sponsor will get accurate information to gauge site user experience and the study site personnel will no longer need to fill out lengthy, complicated, highly technical questionnaires."

For information regarding VISTA and how it will help Pharmaceutical Sponsors, CROs, and EDC providers accelerate the site technology assessment process, go to, or contact Scientific Software Tools, Inc., at (610) 891-1640.

One can experience for themselves how a study site would use VISTA by running through the VISTA demo at

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, medical device, 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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