ACORN Continues Success in Oncology Data Warehousing With Accumulation of Nearly 50 Million Data Observations

Tuesday, June 17, 2008 General News J E 4
MEMPHIS, Tenn., June 16 Accelerated Community OncologyResearch Network(TM), an oncology-focused CRO and research network, announcedtoday that its Oncology Data Warehouse has accumulated nearly 50 million dataobservations from over 110,000 oncology patients contained in its datawarehouse. Integrating patient-reported outcomes (PROs), electronic medicalrecords (EMR), claims data, and laboratory information systems, garnered fromcommunity oncology practices nationwide where 85% of cancer care is provided,the warehouse contains demographically diverse data, offering reliableinformation on treatments and outcomes to payers, financial institutions,pharmaceutical / biotech companies, and community oncology practices.

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"Our data warehouse is now mature enough to support longitudinal or cross-sectional analyses comparing practice patterns, toxicity, and outcomes inlarge groups of patients undergoing treatment for a broad range of tumortypes," according to Ed Stepanski, Ph.D., Chief Operating Officer."Additionally, several years of archived PACE System PROs provide a criticalcomponent to our Oncology Data Warehouse, allowing us to systematicallyanalyze patients' symptom burden and quality of life, making our warehouseunique among all oncology data repositories."

Analytic data from this large-scale oncology data repository has beenpresented at many major oncology-related conferences and published in peer-reviewed medical journals worldwide. Furthering the field of oncology healthinformatics, ACORN's data warehouse has been used in numerous projects thataddress quality of care, patients' quality of life, overall health outcomesand the cost of care.

"Determining the most effective and least toxic treatment regimens inactual clinical practice, as opposed to a clinical trial, is a valuable endresult from the data warehouse," observes Steve Coplon, CEO. "ACORN will soondouble the number of unique patients in the warehouse. The warehouse runs asclose to real time as is needed for projects we conduct."

ACORN will exhibit at the annual Drug Information Association meeting inBoston, June 22-25, 2008. Senior level ACORN executives will be present todiscuss ACORN's Oncology Data Warehouse as well as its CRO services, GuardianEDC, and network of community oncology practices. For additional informationvisit or contact Liz Conway, Director of Marketing andCorporate Services, 901-259-0878.

Accelerated Community Oncology Research Network, Inc. (ACORN)

ACORN focuses on oncology exclusively. ACORN offers centralized clinicaltrial services, scientific analysis, and is a full-service Clinical ResearchOrganization (CRO), providing contract and budgeting services; fosteringaccrual of subjects at the site level; collecting data and monitoring itsaccuracy; and working seamlessly with both trial sponsors and participatingpractices.Contact Information: Liz Conway (901) 435-5570 Deborah D. Coble 901-683-0055x1312

SOURCE Accelerated Community Oncology Research Network, Inc.


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