National Minority Quality Forum to Launch the National Clinical Trial Network with Microsoft

National Minority Quality Forum to Launch the National Clinical Trial Network
                                with Microsoft

PR Newswire

WASHINGTON, Feb. 15, 2013

WASHINGTON, Feb. 15, 2013 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ --The National Minority
Quality Forum announced today a collaboration between its National Health
Index (NHI) and Microsoft Corporation to launch the National Clinical Trial
Network (NCTN) designed to address important challenges in clinical
trials—accelerating recruitment and diversity. The relationship allows NCTN
to deliver a platform that provides a comprehensive database of clinical trial
options to providers.

"It's our view big data will change the way we conduct clinical trials moving
forward. What makes the NCTN platform unique is it will provide an
interactive, communications portal linking researchers to practicing
physicians whose diversity of patients may be candidates for clinical trials,"
says Gary Puckrein, president and CEO of the National Minority Quality Forum.
"Being able to quickly link the broader community of medical researchers,
practicing physicians, tertiary care centers, and allied health professionals
together, we can expedite discovery and translational research."

NCTN will also be a data warehouse (patient registries, bio banks and
community-level health statistics), transforming isolated data repositories
into an integrated, searchable, national archive, permitting the rapid
identification of representative samples of risk populations who might benefit
from a proposed therapy.

NCTN will maintain searchable profiles of clinical research institutions,
experienced clinical investigators and those interested in being a clinical
researcher. Its investigator registry will provide background information on
investigators, their practices and the communities that they serve.

"This collaboration with the National Health Index is truly a 21st century
healthcare venture, using big data and Microsoft's proprietary software to
give the research community a vast array of information and communications
tools," said Michael Robinson, Vice President of U.S. Health and Life
Sciences, Microsoft. "We fully expect NCTN to transform clinical research in
the United States."

"Biopharmaceutical companies continue to explore new ways to further enhance
awareness and participation in clinical trials by a diverse patient
population," stated Salvatore Alesci, M.D., Ph.D., Vice President of
Scientific Affairs at the Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers of America
(PhRMA). "PhRMA applauds partnership efforts such as the National Clinical
Trial Network that seek to promote awareness and create connectivity that can
translate into increased diversity among clinical trial participants."

NCTN will be introduced fourth quarter 2013. For more information, please
visit www.nctrialnetwork.com.

The National Health Index (NHI) is a wholly–owned subsidiary of the National
Minority Quality Forum. NHI provides unparalleled internet access to the most
comprehensive reservoir of healthcare information at the zip code level.
Diabetes, heart disease, cancer, HIV/AIDS, Hepatitis C, obesity, and other
common and rare chronic diseases represent the NHI repository, powered by a
database that represents more than 800 million patient files.

About the National Minority Quality Forum: The National Minority Quality
Forum (The Forum) is a Washington, DC–based not-for-profit, non-partisan,
independent research and education organization dedicated to improving the
quality of health care that is available for and provided to all populations.
The Forum develops user-friendly, web-based disease indices that provide a
unique two-dimensional view of the prevalence and impact of diseases by zip
code, including diabetes, kidney disease, heart disease and HIV/AIDS. Visit
our website at www.nmqf.org. Look for us on Facebook (National Minority
Quality Forum), and follow us on Twitter (http://www.twitter.com/NMQF).

SOURCE National Minority Quality Forum

Website: http://www.nmqf.org
Website: http://www.nctrialnetwork.com/
Contact: Gretchen Wartman, +1-202-223-7560