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iUZ Blog | EDC


Wondering what EDC means?

And Clinical Studies?

Here at iUZ we’ve been working with our uEDC solution that focuses on Clinical and Observational Studies.


Electronic Data Capture

EDC, the acronym for Electronic Data Capture, is an electronic medical record system specialised in clinical research, with the main objective to collect clinical data in an electronic data.

With the increase of Information Technology (IT) in healthcare, is not new that there is a trend and a need to a simpler, effective and highly specialised electronic data capture systems that can be easily implemented and customisable, always thinking in the end-user.

EDC systems are web-based software platforms that are created to collect and store clinical data through electronic forms, and usually the user only needs a web browser.

Typically, electronic source data is used for health clinical investigations, where sponsors and CROs (Clinical Research Organisation) use this type of systems.


We tend to sort out these 3 EDC system types:

  • Clinical trials: Applied during the phase of a medicine with pre-market entry, with an advanced certification demanding;
  • Clinical studies: Applied during the entry phase of a medicine on the market;
  • Observational study: A non-interventional study, mostly applied during a medical treatment.

Usually EDC systems are designed to demonstrate the efficacy and/or safety of medical treatments or medicines.


Main features

At iUZ we’ve been upgrading our uEDC solution.

A platform targeted for clinical and observational studies offering advanced features, with an easy customised setup to specific study requirements. For activating a new Clinical Study it is required a CRF (Case Report Form) and a DVP (Data Validation Plan) along with the platform setup. The CRF is a paper or electronic questionnaire used in clinical research, which the study promotor develops containing all the questions that the study will have.

In this competitive healthcare market there are several Electronic Data Capture solutions, but obviously not all of them have the same features.

iUZ uEDC solution has the following main features (view also our Standard Feature List flyer):

  • Clinical Study Setup
  • Profile and user management
  • Data entry
  • Data validation
  • Data management
  • Calibration
  • Data export
  • Notifications
  • Audit Trail


The main benefits of Electronic Data Capture systems are:

  • Higher security
  • Faster and efficient, compared with paper-based systems
  • Reduces data entry errors, which are also detected earlier than with paper-based systems
  • Accelerates the clinical data management process
  • Decreases clinical development costs
  • Higher time-savings
  • Major tendency to the fulfilment with regulatory requirements
  • Data is centralised in a specific electronic database
  • Real-time view of the data collected



Want to see our solution? Ask us for a uEDC live demonstration. In the meantime, view our uEDC video.


Did we forget about some important aspect? Have some doubts? Please, let us know in the comments.

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Healthcare IT is changing the medical industry


According with one of our latest’s blog post in the next 5-7 years, 50.000 healthcare informatics workers will be needed (U.S. data). However, you may think, what really needs to be done?

Five ways health care must improve


KevinMD.com, a social media influencer in healthcare wrote 5 ways health care must improve which lists five issues that must be upgrade in HIT (Health Information Technology):

  1. Make systems more efficient
  2. Integrate different EMRs together
  3. Make everything mobile
  4. Start using voice recognition
  5. Recognize the limitations of IT and understand that health care is a human experience



Technology is (really) changing the healthcare industry


Technology is (really) changing the healthcare industry, however hospitals/clinics are not communicating and IT systems tend to be hard to learn or far too complex. Therefore, there are much more to improve, although this is a good set to begin with.

We were inspired by KevinMD.com post and made this infographic where you can find a summarize version of the blog post.

Take a look and tell us what you think bellow in the comments.

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Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society


HIMSS (Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society) is a “not-for-profit organization dedicated to improving healthcare quality, safety, cost-effectiveness, and access, through the best use of information technology and management systems” (Source: wikipedia). Every year HIMSS produces a Leadership Survey according with U.S. senior IT executive’s responses, and for the 25th HIMSS Annual Leadership Survey there were 298 valid responses.
MuleSoft, a company that integrates platforms for connecting SaaS and enterprise applications in the cloud and on-premise, created an infographic regarding the collected information from the 25th Leadership Survey mentioned before.

Are you a connected hospital?


This infographic sums up HIMSS document, where we can see that in U.S.:

• 25% – Are leveraging the latest technology to provide better patient care

• 19% – Companies are integrating new technologies with installed systems

• Patients using telehealth services are expected to reach 7 million in 2018 up from 350.000 in 2013

• 37% – indicated that IT can positively impact patient care by improving clinical and quality outcomes

These statistics reinforces the need to health interoperable systems, for that data can flow freely across clinical and non-clinical devices/systems (Source: MuleSoft blog).

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Connected Healthcare Systems [Infographic]


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Health Conference at Aqualuz Resort & Conference Hotel.

Do you feel that there is much to talk about interoperability in healthcare, but you don’t really find opportunities to speak with experts about it?

HCist is for you!

The third edition of the HCist – International Conference of Health and Social Care Information Systems Technologies will occur in Tróia (Portugal), between the 15th and 17th of October at the lovely Aqualuz Resort & Conference Hotel.

ICT solutions are being tailored for specific service providers, which according with the HCist organization committee, reinforces the demand that Europe has to reduce market fragmentation, mainly to reduce the lack of a common EU interoperability, testing and certification framework.

HCist is aligned with the Digital Agenda for Europe and expects to leverage the eHealth Technical Interoperability discussions in Portugal with debates and workshops, establishing a “shared vision and architectural building block to approach the EU top priority use cases, building upon worldwide technical profiles and standards” (Source: HCist press release).


A workshop about interoperability

iUZ CEO as been invited to talk about our expertise in the interoperability field, mainly centred in the Portuguese integration with epSOS network, and the knowledge acquired with IHE Profiles adoption and implementation.
By the way, did you read our last post about us joining IHE?
The conference will also discuss about:

• Healthcare Interoperability
• HIE – Health Information Exchange Solutions
• Healthcare Information Systems
• HL7 Standards
• EHR – Electronic Health Records
• mHealth – Mobile Device Software for Healthcare
• etc.

During HCist, also will be held in the same place the ProjMAN 2014 (International Conference on Project Management) and CENTERIS 2014 (Conference on Enterprise Information Systems). These three conferences are organised by SciKA that aims to promote and disseminate scientific knowledge.

Feel free to share your thoughts below in the comments.

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Placing the patient at the centre of care of healthcare.

Is this a trendy topic?

Yes, but it’s becoming a reality. Day by day, is given special attention to this subject that is driving new models of care.

Everybody knows that health information and technology walk hand in hand. The next infographic shows exactly that. T-Systems created the infographic “Better health through better technology”, where we can see the potential that technology can give to the patient, promoting and empowering his quality of life.

The patient, a person that needs medical treatment or someone seeking to improve his quality of life, is at the centre but he always will need other intervenients, such as family, friends, coaches, doctors, healthcare providers, health insurances or hospitals.

According with Mayme Marshall: “The primary goal of medicine should not merely be to improve disease and death rates; the medical community should also be interested in the subjective patient wellbeing and quality of life”. Technology is helping in that field and in this infographic it’s given a few applications.

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Better Health Through better technology - Health Infographic


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Bridge - Expand-Project


Have you heard about Expand Project?

If not, the Expand Project - Expanding Health Data Interoperability Services is being funded by the European Commission Competitiveness and Innovation Programme (CIP) within the ICT Policy Support Programme, and is being led by the Portuguese Health Ministry, Shared Services – SPMS.

In a few words, Expand is bridging a selected number of eHealth Projects, like epSOS – Smart Open Services for European Patients to CEF – Connecting Europe Facility (anchored to the Europe 2020 Strategy), in order to deploy large-scale cross-border projects.

The main purpose of the Expand Project intends to support and promote EU Member States in “delivering their local eHealth plans and improving cross-border care” (Source: Expand Project).

As well as epSOS, SemantinHealthNet (SHN), CALLIOPE, eHR4CR, PARENT, e-SENS, and other projects, are being guided by the decisions taken in the eHealth Network (eHN), not forgetting, the Trillium Bridge project and the eHealth Governance Initiative (eHGI).

If you want to know more about Expand Project go to: expandproject.eu

Expand Project

Have you heard about this initiative?
Share your thoughts with us, below in the comments.


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Healthcare IT


“50,000 healthcare informatics workers will be needed in the next 5-7 years”


“The Intersection of Healthcare & IT” is an infographic created by the University of Illinois at Chicago and establishes:

  • The importance of the health informatics
  • What health informatics professionals do
  • What are the benefits of health informatics

Healthcare informatics is a skill that makes medical discoveries more effective and efficient that relates IT, healthcare and suitable business practices.

Take a look at the infographic and tell us what you think, below in the comments.


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Intersection of Healthcare and IT [Infographic]


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“72% of adult internet users in the US have looked online for health information in the past year”

At iUZ we want to be active and dynamic in the healthcare IT industry and we manage to research regularly for new resources and knowledge. We found the infographic below, which reports that patients and medical doctors are having a more active role in healthcare.

This infographic was crafted for consumers to understand how functional is becoming the healthcare field and the power and active role that nowadays they can have. In addiction, it is also an era of ‘Digital Doctors’, and as Eric J. Topol said “(…) talking to your phone, that’s the future of medicine”.

We’re developing our mark in health IT in order to be recognised as an enterprise that delivers unpaired solutions for the future.

Take a look at this infographic and share your thoughts in the comments below.

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Digital Diagnosis Infographic (small)

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ACE Logo

In April, iUZ was selected as one of the 100 European SMEs for the ACE Project, an Accelerate Cross-Border Engagement programme that aims to:

“(…) develop a new tailor-made acceleration programme delivering targeted cross-border services to highly innovative ICT entrepreneurs, start-ups and SMEs with the potential to rapidly grow their businesses in international markets” by European ACE

ACE programme and mentors
ACE programme is organised by EBN – a network and community that supports the evolution of innovative and creative entrepreneurs, start-ups and SMEs -, and supported by the European Commission, under the FP7 Programme – Digital Agenda (DG CONNECT).

iUZ is experiencing a chapter extremely dedicated to cross-border markets, so this kind of programmes are a support for us to find other companies with the same purpose, providing extra impulse and encouragement to find customers, partners and investors in international markets. In this selection, there were a higher interest from Ireland and Belgium markets. Our local mentor, IPN – Instituto Pedro Nunes, has been helping and guiding us through the different stages of the programme and it has been amazing.

According to ACE website, there are 15 leading incubators, clusters and living labs from across Europe, such as, Portugal, Ireland, Belgium, UK, France, Italy, Finland, Sweden and Czech Republic.

ACE Cooperation Summit'14

ACE Events
iUZ was also present at ACE Cooperation Summit in the 29th April in Brussels, where our CEO Isabel Cruz had the opportunity to meet investors, mentors and the selected companies. Isabel also had the opportunity to pitch directly to a panel of investors.

You can see the selected companies at EBN website.


What do you think about this type of events? Are you a co-worker from one of the 100 European companies selected?

Tell us what you think in the comments, please.


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At iUZ we care about healthcare. We believe that the Healthcare IT Industry can change lives, make an impact and can increase any person life quality somewhere in our lives.

Check out the infographic below, for some highlighting about how technology is been changing the medical industry. The infographic provides a list of milestones between 1816 until 2008, regarding the growth of medical technology, and we can see that has had an incredible evolution.

Here at iUZ we also attempt to strengthen this field with our solutions uEDC – Electronic Data Capture, and uIN – eHealth interoperability. Take a look.

Sadly the infographic timeline is only until 2008, but has a lot of information and it’s possible to see the power of technology in this field. Take a look at the infographic and tell us what you think in the comments.

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Infographic "How Technology Changed the Medical Industry?"


Source: Infographics Show Case

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