Research & development
Heart and stroke researchers build
TORONTO – Datazoom announced that
the Stroke Prevention & Atherosclerosis Research Centre – SPARC –
recently migrated their database to Datazoom’s EMR system.
This web-ready electronic medical record has been designed and developed
using state-of-the-art Oracle technology and is powered by the
industry-leading Oracle database. Dr. David Spence and his SPARC team
members, in London, Ont., selected Datazoom Solutions, a leading
healthcare research software development company, to migrate SPARC’s
clinical system to collect, store, retrieve and analyze Stroke
Prevention & Atherosclerosis Research data.
Dr. Spence, a leading atherosclerosis researcher using this system,
said: “Datazoom Solutions has implemented a very smooth transition of
SPARC Access Database to Oracle Database in a very responsive manner.
The new system helps us to more easily collect, store and analyze
research data of 15,000 patients with 80,000 visits. This large data
sample will be very powerful for research in genetics of atherosclerosis
(“hardening of the areteries”), in management of patients and in
evaluation of new therapies.
“By better understanding and treating atherosclerosis, we will help
reduce the burden of stroke. Datazoom’s real-time data extraction and
analysis mechanism, which interfaces with ORACLE’s on-demand querying
and reporting tool, Oracle Discoverer, helps us get the most out of our
In addition to collecting and storing information, the Clinical
application has been developed as a primary benchmarking tool for
tracking data quality indicators and research program efficiencies. It
is expected to enhance Stroke Prevention & Atherosclerosis Research data
collection flow by automating the coordination of services.
Dr. Spence said that, “Datazoom’s SPARC Clinical system will provide the
ability to evaluate the effectiveness of new preventative treatment
programs with a patient population large enough to make our findings
meaningful. Datazoom has provided a self service real-time data
extraction utility for SPARC researchers and an easy integration path
for statistical analysis tools, such as SPSS.”
The SPARC EMR system has following features:
• Comprehensive security and access control mechanisms
• Blood work, 3D ultrasound test, lab tests and other results
• Laboratory and ultrasound requisitions
• Automatic appointment, follow-up and referral/ reminder letters
• User level data access controls are provided throughout the
• Analytical tool users are empowered to build queries and reports on
demand using Oracle discoverer tool
• The system is web ready and meets future collaboration requirements.
Datazoom Solutions implements innovative and scalable data management
solutions for healthcare research in addition to EMR, patient scheduling
and billing interfaces. Datazoom ensures seamless transition of older
systems to Datazoom platform. With experience in providing data
management systems for Rheumatology, Heart and Stroke, Dermatology and
Cancer Research Datazoom has a ready, high-quality and cost-effective
solution that can be tailored to meet individual researchers’ needs.
For more information, see the Datazoom Solutions Inc. web site at