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MDA Collaborates with IQVIA to Expand Disease Registry into the New MOVR Data Hub

Enhancements will streamline data capture and connect patients with opportunities to participate in new research and take advantage of emerging treatments

CHICAGO, March 12, 2018 — The Muscular Dystrophy Association (MDA) is enhancing and expanding its disease registry into a comprehensive data hub as part of a new initiative with IQVIA (NYSE: IQV), a company known worldwide for its expertise in cutting-edge information management, analytics and technology. The new initiative will be called the MOVR (NeuroMuscular ObserVational Research) Data Hub. The enhancements will capitalize on improvements in health care information technology and systemically unify and aggregate both clinical and genetics data with patient-reported information.

The updated technology platform will roll out in 2018 and become fully implemented at 50 MDA Care Centers in 2019. During this time, MDA will add three additional diseases to the four already covered in MOVR: amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), spinal muscular atrophy (SMA), Duchenne muscular dystrophy (DMD) and Becker muscular dystrophy (BMD). The three new diseases will be identified later in 2018.

“MDA is excited to partner with IQVIA as we ramp up our efforts to advance research and transform care to improve outcomes and bring innovative and life-changing solutions to individuals living with neuromuscular disease. Within the next year, MOVR will be the most comprehensive neuromuscular disease resource in the nation for patient and genetic data,” said MDA President and Chief Executive Officer Lynn O’Connor Vos. “We are rapidly approaching the day when people will be able to benefit from personalized medicine, and MDA and IQVIA insights and data will provide the foundation and support for the advanced research it will take to get us there for so many of these patients.”

MDA’s alliance with IQVIA will improve the ability for researchers and health care providers to identify precision medicine treatments, enhancing options for care. The new infrastructure will broaden research opportunities focused on the development of novel drugs. MOVR’s digital health module will expand patient and clinical data collection methods, allowing for patient-reported outcomes to be captured via smartphone and rapidly integrated with clinical data obtained during patient and telemedicine visits. Tens of thousands of individuals living with neuromuscular disease will benefit from MOVR initially, with the full scope likely to grow as diseases are added.

“Transforming rare disease care and research requires a more ambitious approach to the real-world evidence generation,” said Brian Kelly, M.D. and president, Payer & Provider Solutions, IQVIA. “A central Data Hub that allows the collection of clinical information, patient-reported outcome data, and allows for the integration of that data with genomic and other data types will accelerate improvements in drug development and clinical care.”

MDA looks forward to fostering cross-sector collaborations with both the academic and private sectors to leverage this initiative. Two major areas of focus for MOVR will be clinical care and drug development, with specific emphasis on benchmarking quality of care, safety and effectiveness of new treatments, natural history of disease, and genotype-phenotype correlation.

“MOVR will help reduce barriers to therapy development by serving as a resource for patient recruitment to clinical trials and creating a global unique identifier (GUID) for patients matching longitudinal data to other data repositories,” said Grace Pavlath, Ph.D., MDA senior vice president and scientific director. “MDA is eager to implement some of the more promising uses of the new system, including the ability of MOVR to capture clinical data for patients using newly approved drugs, as well as for pre-symptomatic infants identified through newborn screening programs.”

The collaboration between MDA and IQVIA will expand on the pilot registry that was established in 2013 by MDA. The registry database originated with clinician-entered data from visits to a subset of MDA Care Centers and was populated with a range of clinical data including diagnostic tests, clinical measures and interventions. Since the pilot phase, this data has been used by neuromuscular disease specialists and researchers to progress in the field.

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IQVIA (NYSE:IQV) is a leading global provider of information, innovative technology solutions and contract research services focused on helping healthcare clients find better solutions for patients. Formed through the merger of IMS Health and Quintiles, IQVIA applies human data science — leveraging the analytic rigor and clarity of data science to the ever-expanding scope of human science — to enable companies to reimagine and develop new approaches to clinical development and commercialization, speed innovation, and accelerate improvements in healthcare outcomes. Powered by the IQVIA CORE™, IQVIA delivers unique and actionable insights at the intersection of large-scale analytics, transformative technology and extensive domain expertise, as well as execution capabilities. With more than 55,000 employees, IQVIA conducts operations in more than 100 countries. IQVIA is a global leader in protecting individual patient privacy. The company uses a wide variety of privacy-enhancing technologies and safeguards to protect individual privacy while generating and analyzing the information that helps their customers drive human health outcomes forward. IQVIA’s insights and execution capabilities help biotech, medical device and pharmaceutical companies, medical researchers, government agencies, payers and other healthcare stakeholders tap into a deeper understanding of diseases, human behaviors and scientific advances, in an effort to advance their path toward cures. To learn more, visit

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