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8 Signs You're With the Wrong Clinical Data Software Provider

[fa icon='calendar'] Oct 27, 2015 10:00:00 AM / by Amy Young posted in edc adoption, Switching EDC, clinical data management, clinical systems

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Some time ago, you decided to switch from paper to an eClinical system. But now that you've been with that provider for a while, does your relationship feel a bit...strained?  

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How I Became an eCOS Convert: One Data Manager’s True Story

[fa icon='calendar'] May 8, 2015 10:30:00 AM / by James Kahl posted in EDC, edc adoption, data management

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Like you, I used to run studies.  And in the days before EDC it could be really painful. 

When I was a Study Manager and a Data Manager for a large medical device company, we used carbon-based CRFs. We’d manage discrepancies by communicating through fax.  Randomizations would be through a batch of envelopes sent to the sites. Inevitably, they’d open the wrong envelope, get the wrong randomization assignment, and you’d scramble to correct things.  It was a mess, but that’s how things were run back in the day.

The industry has definitely evolved from those days. We eventually started using EDC systems, but they always underwhelmed me.  

Then I saw eClinicalOS (eCOS) and I fell in love. I knew right away that the system would make my life easier in so many ways. 

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Three Steps In Choosing Your Next EDC Solution

[fa icon='calendar'] Mar 10, 2015 1:59:13 PM / by Amy Young posted in Industry Insights, EDC, edc adoption

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The Top Line:

  • Reach out to the industry to learn about available systems.
  • System pricing runs the range, as do productivity savings.
  • Full-featured product demonstrations let you drive before you buy.

When it comes to selecting an EDC provider, your choice will depend on a range of factors and needs. Usage requirements to efficiently perform the functions and tasks required for successful project delivery, and your budget, will be prominent decision points. But where to start? 

Even with the plug-and-play operability of SaaS systems, three steps can guide your assessment and help shorten the time between thinking about system vendor options and executing your first study

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The Seven Deadly Sins to Avoid in EDC Adoption

[fa icon='calendar'] Feb 25, 2015 4:54:49 PM / by Amy Young posted in Industry Insights, EDC, edc adoption

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The Top Line:

  • Easily prevented mistakes can delay realizing EDC’s benefits
  • Effective EDC adoption requires careful planning and a step-by-step strategy
  • Adopting best practices can blunt seven common EDC missteps

Picture this: Your organization just selected a killer EDC platform, and you are ready to build and launch your first study. Your team’s been trained, the logins and passwords are set, and everyone’s primed to get this puppy up and running. Greater efficiencies, bigger savings and faster trials are just around the corner!!

Unless, of course, they’re not.

Thing is, we’re all human, and we all make mistakes from time to time. Mistakes executing your first few EDC studies are not out of the realm of possibility, and those mistakes can delay realizing the system’s benefits (and cause massive frustration across the research team).

But with a little planning and preparation, you can sidestep the most common potholes of moving from paper to Cloud-based studies. Avoid these “Seven Deadly Sins of EDC Adoption,” and you’ll find yourself up and running at full EDC speed in a matter of weeks instead spinning your wheels in a roadside ditch.

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