Jan08

Get Ready for Your 2020 Clinical Trials

Before you flip the final page on this year’s calendar, take a look at your site performance over the past 12 months. Where did your trial site see the best results? Did you experience any stumbling blocks? Were there any recurring problems you and your personnel experienced? Are you missing any opportunities to make solid changes? Tackle these and you will likely experience elevated results, better patient experiences, and boosted sponsor satisfaction by this time next year.

Streamlining data collection

Recording patient information on paper creates several challenges for a site manager. The process is time consuming because it requires information to be written, then transcribed into an electronic data system. What’s more, the practice of entering data twice leaves a site vulnerable to errors, which can erode sponsor confidence in your operation.

By contrast, direct digital collection into your site’s CTMS is a definite improvement over manual data collection. Data is entered directly into the system, rather than gathered via primary source then entered secondarily. It saves time required to collect information, increases the quality of data, and elevates your site’s cost efficiency. Less time spent entering and correcting data means more time available for other high-priority tasks.

Overhauling regulatory management

Traditionally, important regulatory information has been stored in a series of massive, heavy binders. In addition to taking up a surprising amount of office space (which is at a premium at most sites), these manual binders are inconvenient, hard to comb through, frequently getting misplaced, and prone to falling out of date. 

There’s a good reason many site managers are looking into digitized regulatory management. In such systems, binders are replaced with an easy-to-navigate resource accessible by any computer connected to the site system. No time is wasted hunting for the right information or traveling from a far-flung corner of a site to the place where regulatory information is stored. Crucial information is right at staff’s fingertips. This makes regulatory management easier, more efficient and accurate.

Obtaining informed consent digitally

The process of obtaining informed consent from trial participants should be simple; however, hard-copy informed consent forms (ICFs) are long, complex and confusing. They are frustrating for patients, and the process of translating information from paper forms to computer systems creates unnecessary, inefficient rework for site staff.

Imagine the time and headache avoided by taking traditional hard-copy ICFs and substituting those long paper forms with a user-friendly digital system. Your patient interface can be customized to make the experience as simple and straightforward as possible, reducing frustration. Direct entry of the information frees your staff to focus on other important tasks. It also boosts accuracy and completeness of collected data, which leads to better site results and happier trial sponsors. 

Integrating eClinical with your site’s CTMS could help your CTO achieve improvements across your team’s work. Each of the three components (eSource, eRegulatory and eConsent) is engineered to streamline processes, simplify tasks, ensure compliance and reduce errors. Discover how eClinical could transform your site operations.

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