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ERT Enables Clinical Trial Continuity through At-Home Respiratory Solutions


High-quality clinician-administered data collected during patient home visits advances respiratory trials throughout COVID-19 pandemic

April 1, 2020 – ERT, a global data and technology company that captures critical endpoint data while minimizing uncertainty and risk in clinical trials, today announced multiple options that enable trained healthcare professionals to advance respiratory clinical trials by collecting high-quality spirometry data during patient home visits. ERT’s At-Home Respiratory Solutions enable clinical trial sponsors to continue developing new respiratory treatments while patient access to investigative sites is limited due to COVID19 stay-at-home mandates.

Sponsors are looking for innovative virtual study continuity methods that enable them to evaluate the safety and efficacy of new medical treatments without requiring patients to attend investigative site appointments. Precise, repeatable spirometry data can be collected when trained healthcare professionals use study devices in patients’ homes and provide coaching on how to perform the proper breathing maneuvers.

ERT MasterScope™ and SpiroSphere® meet these needs by enabling clinician-administered spirometry assessment during patient home visits. The portable, battery-powered solutions provide clear, real-time quality feedback to obtain high-quality spirometry readings from patients and transfer data to the ERT Portal directly from patients’ homes. Additional integrated devices enable trained users to capture ECG, FeNO and Forced Oscillometry data with MasterScope. The at-home approach can be easily added to currently active studies.

“To reduce variability and improve data integrity, sponsors are recommended to use the same standardized device across a study, irrespective of whether data is collected in-clinic or remotely,” said Achim Schülke, Executive Vice President of Respiratory Solutions at ERT. “We’re pleased to offer options that deliver reliable data ─ regardless of where it is captured ─ so our customers can continue their important development programs, while enabling patients to follow local stay-home mandates and remain safe during the global COVID-19 pandemic.”

Click here to learn more about ERT’s virtual trial capabilities.

About ERT

ERT is a global data and technology company that minimizes uncertainty and risk in clinical trials so that its customers can move ahead with confidence. With nearly 50 years of clinical and therapeutic experience, ERT balances knowledge of what works with a vision for what’s next, so it can adapt without compromising standards.

Powered by the company’s EXPERT® technology platform, ERT’s solutions enhance trial oversight, enable site optimization, increase patient engagement and measure the efficacy of new clinical treatments while ensuring patient safety. In 2019, 75% of all FDA drug approvals came from ERTsupported studies. Pharma companies, biotechs and CROs have relied on ERT solutions across 15,000 studies, spanning more than four million patients to date. By identifying trial risks before they become problems, ERT enables customers to bring clinical treatments to patients quickly ─ and with confidence.

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