In clinical research, organizations have been faced with two vastly different choices when it comes to a CTMS: 1) they spend extraordinary amounts of money on a completely custom CTMS or 2) they chose from an out-of-box CTMS. One major flaw in this system was that most organizations did not fall on the polar ends of this spectrum. Custom functionality is not feasible for most organizations, and out-of-box solutions are attempts to provide functionality that is acceptable for all types of research organizations. As clinical research has evolved, becoming more complex and collaborative, different forms of CTMS are needed. This is why we are beginning to see CTMS configurations.
Why is it Important?
There are many different types of research organizations conducting or managing studies (sites, CROs, site networks, AMCs, health systems – just to name a few). Each of these organization types have different processes and different requirements they need from a CTMS. By using a generic CTMS, or even a CTMS for “sites” or “enterprises”, these organizations lose functionality specific to the way they do business. CTMS configurations take a CTMS and specialize its features, functionality and workflow to be specific to the ways certain types of organizations conduct and manage research.
CTMS configurations are a major advancement in the industry because they are allowing organizations to have access to a system that adapts to their unique processes and workflows rather than forcing them to conform to the workflows of the CTMS. For everyone involved, this means higher quality research, less confusion and more collaboration. As clinical research continues to evolve, stay on the lookout for CTMS configurations and learn how they can be beneficial to the way you conduct your clinical research.