|The Institute of HealthCare
Assessment, Inc. (IHCA) is an independent research center created to provide an
appropriate blend of business organization, with an experienced full time research staff,
and qualified Investigators. IHCA provides the organizational structure, staff and
facilities for the Investigators to better meet the demands of clinical research.
IHCA is committed to meeting the needs of the pharmaceutical sponsor. From the initial
submission of regulatory documentation and budget development, through enrollment, data
clarification and study closure, IHCA will facilitate a rapid response to any request. The
private status of IHCA allows the use of a central IRB, thus shortening the regulatory
approval process. The independent nature of IHCA expedites aspects of administrative study
start up and budget approval. The dedicated research facility eliminates the potential for
scheduling conflicts with non-research patients, and an experienced full time research
staff allows full concentration on the demands of the study, without the distraction of
non-research job responsibilities. IHCA provides comprehensive project planning. Subject
visit requirements are projected to determine the optimum rate at which subjects may be
entered without creating a conflict with staff or facility capabilities. Whenever possible
study specific source documents which integrate Case Report Form data points with specific
protocol instructions on procedural methodologies and sequencing are utilized. Study
tracking documents, enrollment logs, drug accountability forms and subject compliance
evaluations are also developed and utilized.
IHCA, Inc. has been a dedicated research center since 1995. In this period IHCA, Inc.
has completed projects in most areas of internal medicine specialization, often as an
additional site for protocols lagging in enrollment.
IHCA, Inc. focuses on the following research phases (outpatient): phases I, II, III, IIIb,
IV (pharmacodynamics & dose response).
Facility Description The Institute of HealthCare Assessment, Inc. IHCA is located within
the Alvarado Hospital Medical Center complex which includes 11 professional service
buildings housing specialized clinical programs, San Diego State University research
functions, and more than 200 physician offices.
IHCA, Inc. is approximately 15 miles East of San Diego International Airport and is
centrally located within the large metropolitan area of San Diego County. There is easy
freeway access and plenty of free parking.
Patient Demographics IHCA, Inc. maintains a prospective research subject database. We draw
patients from the community as well as from Investigator practice referral. The database
is representative of the San Diego County demographics comprised of Caucasians, Hispanics,
Asians, and Blacks.