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Aurora Health Care, Oracle develop fresh approach to speed delivery of new patient treatments

Monday, January 31, 2011

Collaboration promises to improve efficiency of clinical trial design and recruitment

Milwaukee, Wi. – Aurora Health Care and Oracle and have entered into an agreement to work together to connect health care providers and the world's leading life sciences companies in an effort to more rapidly deliver innovative therapies to patients.

“This is the future of medicine,” says Nick Turkal, MD, Aurora Health Care's president and CEO. “The opportunities created through this agreement with Oracle could transform clinical research. Aurora has a long history of offering the newest therapies and technologies to patients through clinical trials. We hope this project will allow us to work with industry to take research to the next level. We believe this collaboration will contribute to significant advancements that improve patients' lives while lowering costs.”

The project will focus on the secondary use of clinical data for improving processes for clinical studies including comparative effectiveness research, safety monitoring and long-term observational studies.

As part of the agreement, Oracle will provide data management and analytics expertise to help Aurora Health Care leverage its clinical expertise and maximize the potential of Aurora's biorepository, ORBIT, to further advance biomarker research.

“Enhanced collaboration across the healthcare and life sciences continuum is vital to driving continued innovation, including the discovery and development of next-generation treatments and therapies,” says Neil de Crescenzo, senior vice president and general manager, Oracle Health Sciences Global Business Unit.

“Oracle is pleased to collaborate with Aurora Health Care, applying our industry-leading data management and analytics capabilities to Aurora's efforts to advance research and improve patient outcomes.”

Aurora Health Care is a not-for-profit Wisconsin health care provider and a national leader in efforts to improve health care quality. Aurora offers services at sites in more than 90 communities throughout eastern Wisconsin and northern Illinois.

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