A Medical Device Daily

etrials (Morrisville, North Carolina) reported a partnership between Roche Diagnostics' (Basel, Switzerland) Accucheck blood glucose meters and etrial's eDiary solution.

With this partnership, patients with diabetes participating in clinical trials can now seamlessly transmit vital glucose meter data into the etrials eDiary solution using wireless infrared ports located on both devices.

Historically, patients who use blood glucose meters have been required to manually report their clinical data on paper, increasing the risks of patient transcription errors and limiting immediate data analysis. However, now with the use of an eDiary solution, reported patient data can be immediately communicated back to study investigators and sponsors for analysis and evaluation.

"We are excited to partner with etrials by providing additional data-collection options for diabetes clinical trials," said Nancy Lonsinger, vice president of Diabetes Care Marketing at Roche Diagnostics. "Accuchek meters, the global leader in blood glucose monitoring, will now transmit data via infrared connection to the etrials eDiary in order to improve data collection."

etrials has extensive experience in clinical trials for diabetes; its solutions have powered global trials in all clinical phases for treatments and devices. In total, etrials has participated in diabetes trials involving more than 90,000 subjects at more than 3,000 sites.

Roche Diagnostics develops pharmaceutical and diagnostic products.

In other agreement news, VHA (Irving, Texas) reports that it has named Clinical One , a division of Vedior North America, (both Wakefield, Massachusetts) as supplier for travel healthcare staffing services nationwide, as well as per-diem staffing services in the New England area. The contract was signed on July 15. VHA helps its members by offering supply chain management services and promoting and supporting regional networks that enable members to connect to solve common operational and clinical challenges.

Clinical One offers travel, case management, per-diem and direct hire staffing services to hospitals and healthcare facilities in need of Registered Nurses and Allied Health Care Professionals nationwide. It places healthcare professionals, including RNs, allied health and social workers, in travel, contract, per diem and permanent positions in variety of settings throughout the U.S. and abroad.

VHA is a healthcare provider alliance that serves more than 1,400 not-for-profit hospitals nationwide.