The clinical trial payment function has been absorbed within the Oracle automation mega-structure. Trial Payment is one of eight vertical PIPs, or Process Integration Packs, included in the software giant's release of Application Integration Architecture v 3.1.
Oracle says that the vertical PIPs, as well as nine cross-industry PIPs, are part of its strategy of providing industry-specific integrations. The pre-built integration packs are based on Oracle Fusion Middleware 11g.
The release fits with Oracle's recently expressed view of the clinical trial automation world, in which an EDC focus is giving way to a broader capability set. "The industry is looking much more holistically at the integration across the whole of e-clinical development space and safety," says VP Nicholas Giannasi, in Bio-IT World. The need now is for "a more integrated and simplified electronic environment." He says companies like Novartis, GSK, Sanofi-Aventis, and Quintiles are working to simplify their environment and focus on an end result.
The Clinical Trial Payments Integration Pack for Siebel Clinical provides "the first building blocks to automate the clinical trial payment process," according to a release. Payment request information from Siebel Clinical is plugged into a SOA-based integration that Oracle says can be used with any other system in the payments process. Likewise, post-payment details from other systems can be received back into Siebel.
- here's the Oracle release
- see the Bio-IT story