NOVA Introduces Latest QDS Questionnaire Development System During U.S. Healthcare Technologies Trade Mission to Australia and New Zealand
Bethesda, Maryland—Monday, October 31, 2005—NOVA Research Company, a leading provider of innovative technology, consulting, and research support services for the global health and research communities, recently participated in a U.S. Healthcare Technologies Trade Mission to Australia and New Zealand organized by the U.S. Department of Commerce September 12-16, 2005. In 2004, the U.S. Department of Commerce awarded the Export Achievement Certificate to NOVA, in recognition of the company's success in entering multiple new markets over several years. During this mission NOVA representatives made presentations on its QDS (Questionnaire Development System) to over 30 senior public health university, hospital, and government agency researchers in the fields of epidemiology, women's health, and HIV/AIDS in Sydney and Melbourne, Australia and Auckland, New Zealand.
Founded with the mission of bringing high-quality technology and innovation to the global health and research communities, NOVA has participated in more than 13 U.S. Department of Commerce international trade missions since the mid-1990s to numerous countries including Canada, Denmark, Egypt, Greece, Ireland, the Netherlands, Norway, Mexico, Sweden, United Kingdom, France, Kenya, and South Africa. To date, NOVA's QDS has been used in over 30 different research projects by international research teams working collaboratively throughout the world.
"NOVA places great emphasis on making research software tools such as QDS accessible to the entire global public health research community," said Steve Kohn, Director of Client Support and Business Development at NOVA Research Company, who led NOVA's team on the mission. "Researchers need to share knowledge more quickly and efficiently in order to combat the spread of disease and to protect public safety and health worldwide. QDS helps them decrease the time it takes to collect data and analyze it by automating surveys, questionnaires, and clinical trials forms for use on laptop, desktop, tablet, or Pocket PC computers. Quicker analysis of data ultimately leads to more effective new treatments," he added.
"It was great to be introduced firsthand to a data collection product such as QDS which allows researchers to speed up the analysis process, provides a more user friendly interface, and increases a respondent's willingness to disclose sensitive personal information to public health researchers and care providers," said Tony Hughes, Research Director at the New Zealand AIDS Foundation in Auckland.
QDS is a modular system consisting of three major components: Design Studio, Data Collection Modules, and Warehouse Manager. The four data collection modules include: Data Entry (used for Interviewer- or self-administered paper questionnaires with batched data entry/verification); CAPI (Computer-Assisted Personal Interview) for face-to-face interviewing on laptops or desktops; ACASI (Audio Computer-Administered Self-Interview) for more sensitive data collection and for interviewing respondents with reading difficulties; and HAPI (Handheld-Assisted Personal Interview) for the Pocket PC for more discrete, remote and onsite interviews. QDS—Web, for Internet-based interviewing, is currently under development.
About NOVA Research Company
Founded in 1986, NOVA Research Company is the trusted leader in providing innovative technology, consulting, and research support services for the global health and research communities. NOVA has worked worldwide with leading commercial research organizations; 31 universities and academic research institutions; more than 24 Government agencies, including the National Cancer Institute (NCI), National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA), the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC); and the World Health Organization (WHO). NOVA has a 19-year track record of facilitating cost-effective and timely transfer of technology and information from research and clinical labs. Funded through a Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) grant, NOVA's QDS (Questionnaire Development System) software has been used extensively in biomedical and behavioral health studies in ten countries. In addition, NOVA is a GSA (General Services Administration)-certified supplier to Federal and state agencies. Headquartered in Bethesda, Maryland, privately held NOVA has onsite research teams in Atlanta, Georgia; Baltimore and Hyattsville, Maryland; and Berkeley, California. For more information, visit www.novaresearch.com or call 301-986-1891.