Article | May 16, 2019

How A Problematic Database Project Inspired Me To Revamp eClinical Software

Source: Medrio

By Mike Novotny, founder and CEO, Medrio

Scientist Data

Early in my career, I built custom databases for whoever needed them.

It was the mid-90s, when it was a big deal to get a website up—especially with a database behind it—and I was brought on to help companies across disparate industries navigate this brave new world. One of my early gigs was a project for a multi-million dollar prostate cancer study. We built a patient registry that included 5,000 participants, and we tracked their lab values, quality of life, etc. over time.

I’ll never forget sitting with the head of Urology at the University of California, San Francisco and asking him why they were doing the study in the first place. He replied: “Because I want to understand how prostate cancer is treated in the U.S.”

My jaw dropped. “You’re one of the most famous people in the world doing prostate cancer treatment,” I said, “and you don’t know how it’s treated?” It blew my mind.

Read more about Mike Novotny's experience from early in his career of building databases that showed him by having the right data at the right time, doctors can make decisions allowing patients to live their best lives possible.