Altura Supports COVID-19 Studies Nationally – Provides Study Sites and the Public a Free App

(July 30, 2020 – Association of Clinical Research Professionals – ACRP Blog)  As the world comes together to battle the COVID-19 pandemic, “people are rooting for clinical trials and the clinical trial professionals who make them possible,” says Pete Fronte, CEO at Altura. “This is a challenging and rewarding time for clinical research, as a few hundred thousand people will be needed for studies by the end of the year to bring forth a vaccine and other interventions quickly.”

Altura is collaborating with ACRP to offer its HCP Studies™ mobile platform for listing and finding trials, free to all ACRP members/study sites, as part of a broader effort to attack COVID-19 and help sites address enrollment delays for studies in other important areas such as cancer, neurology, and mental health. Since an estimated 200,000 clinical trials have been impacted with delays globally, many important non-COVID-19 studies will also need to address enrollment issues.  A patient-focused version is also available at no cost. Users can easily view studies, share studies, and contact site teams as needed.  For those who would like to add studies, please e-mail support@alturastudies.com. To learn more and to get download options, go to https://alturastudies.com/hcp-studies/. SEE MORE: ACRP Blog

Desert Oasis Healthcare offers Altura’s national online study to help understand and stop COVID-19 

(July 29, 2020 – Palm Springs, CA) As Coronavirus (COVID-19) continues to infect people worldwide, the U.S. is being particularly hard-hit, with California being one of the largest centers of infection. “With the Coachella Valley experiencing an extreme surge in new COVID-19 cases, Desert Oasis Healthcare is excited to partner once again with Altura to offer this important study to our members and the larger community,” said Brian Hodgkins, PharmD and Executive Vice President of Clinical Operations at Desert Oasis Healthcare (DOHC.) “The goal of the study is to help all of us to better understand, prevent and treat COVID-19 now and over the long term.”

“We’re delighted to be working with DOHC again on such an important and timely research study,” said Pete Fronte, CEO of Altura. “Our goal is to make it easy for medical practices, healthcare professionals and employers to offer a study that anyone can join so that we can learn about and ultimately stop COVID-19.”  SEE MORE (DOHC Press Release)

Improving Patient Activation: Case Studies from Parkinson’s Disease
Journal of America’s Physicians Groups, August 2019

Physician groups (PGs) are well-positioned to be patient-centered change leaders. Although PGs contend with organizational, financial, and cultural barriers to providing consumer-driven healthcare, groups that consistently overcome these barriers will see significant benefits. Patient experience depends not only on clinical skills, practice workflow, and environment, but also on patient engagement and activation—defined as the knowledge, skill, and confidence to self-manage care. Patients who are actively engaged in their own care have better outcomes, require less-costly care, and are more satisfied. SEE MORE (opens PDF for review or download)

FDA Approval No Longer Device Makers’ Last Step
Orange County Business Journal, August 8, 2019

Value-based care, the healthcare model designed to incentivize providers to improve patient recovery and reduce costs is not news in California as the state is an early adopter of the Affordable Care Act. The shift is also changing the approach to new product adoption. Altura’s CEO Pete Fronte has noted a consistent rise in the number of post-FDA approval clinical studies of medication and devices. SEE MORE (opens PDF for review or download)

Summit Medical Group to Implement Altura’s Novel HCP Studies™ Mobile Platform to Support Expanding Patient Access to Clinical Studies

Mission Viejo, CA and Berkeley Heights, NJ, JUNE 13, 2018 – Altura, the pioneer in expanding participation in health-related studies by streamlining connections between patients, healthcare providers (HCPs) and healthcare organizations, today announced that Summit Medical Group has agreed to implement the company’s HCP StudiesTM mobile platform across its growing medical practice. Summit Medical Group is New Jersey’s largest physician-owned medical group with more than 800 HCPs representing over 80 medical specialties. As part of the agreement, the group will utilize Altura’s HCP StudiesTM as a conduit to inform and encourage participation in its expanding clinical research efforts throughout the group’s ecosystem of HCPs. SEE MORE – click on link

Clinical Studies: What they are, and why should you care. Today’s Health Community radio show: February 2, 2018

This week on Today’s Healthy Community, host Rebekka VanNess interviews Pete Fronte, CEO of Altura. Did you know that there are different types of studies and not all research involves medication? Pete Fronte is the founder and President/CEO of Altura. He shares why medical studies, of all types, are so important to the future of healthcare and how both patients and healthcare provider (HCP) benefit from studies. SEE MORE AND TO LISTEN – click on link

The Enrollment Rescue Dilemma: How Sponsors and Sites Can Make the Most of a Tough Situation: Applied Clinical Trials, September 7, 2017

Studies in “enrollment rescue mode” present dilemmas for sponsors, CROs and sites alike. While the sponsor ultimately has the most to gain or lose if a trial fails to achieve its enrollment goals, there are several ramifications to the study site that are often not considered. Sites invest a lot of time and resources to get up and running only to find that the trial is difficult to enroll or is ultimately terminated. SEE MORE – click on link or download PDF

Desert Oasis Healthcare Establishes Center for Research and Healthcare Innovation Featuring Altura’s HCP Studies™ Mobile Platform: Press Release, April 19, 2017

Desert Oasis Healthcare (DOHC), a California-based Physician Group within the Heritage Provider Network, today announced the establishment of a Center for Research and Healthcare Innovation (DCRI). Created in collaboration with partner Altura, the DCRI is designed to build upon the long-standing clinical trial resources at DOHC. By implementing Altura’s Study Engagement PlatformTM, DCRI will expand DOHC’s capabilities to support observational studies, healthcare technology assessments, and patient and healthcare provider (HCP) quality surveys. Importantly, DCRI will leverage Altura’s HCP StudiesTM mobile/portal platform as a conduit to inform and encourage participation throughout the DOHC ecosystem of HCPs. SEE MORE – click on link

Healthcare Innovation and Practice Transformation through Clinical Studies: The Role of Physician Groups: CAPG Health Journal, June 2015

Today, many organizations, including employers, government agencies, foundations, health systems, insurers, and pharmaceutical, biotech and medical device companies are supporting or performing real-world studies and clinical trials to better understand how to improve healthcare costs, quality and access. Since clinical data and large numbers of patients and physicians are required, these studies are best conducted in structured, coordinated healthcare settings. SEE MORE (opens PDF for review or download)