Clinical trials allow innovators to obtain reproducible, accurate results and make significant impacts on people’s lives. Reviewing processes with an eye toward simplification is a critical step to managing effective and efficient trials. Simplification reduces inertia, resource waste, and error. It also helps propel the underlying goals of the trial: advancing innovations and caring for patients. Start by identifying processes on which teams feel they are spending too much energy and time. Examine the structure of the process, eliminating or reconfiguring operations to necessitate the fewest possible steps while still meeting standards of quality:
- Patient Communication: “Does this help the patient?”Every piece of patient communication should help the patient participate in their trial. If possible, eliminate pieces that do not fulfill this goal. If not, consider whether the communication can be achieved more efficiently, such as over text or email. Establishing and maintaining a connection with the patient should be a priority as well.
- Payments and Billing: “Is it easily entered and tracked?”Include payments and billing into your CTMS. This will reduce the number of different systems needed to complete the trial, as well as aligning payments chronologically with the study’s data for easy auditing.
- Project Management: “How many systems do we need?”On average, a single trial uses 27 pieces of software. This leads to redundancies and complications; a comprehensive CTMS incorporates multiple functions to maximize compatibility and ease.
Simplifying your research business results in more fulfilled staff, robust data, and eased partner communications. Read more about how to both simplify and standardize your office’s processes in our guide. To see how Clinical Conductor can help improve your research organization, contact us today.