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Five Important Tasks You Can't Ignore When Switching to Cloud-Based EDC

[fa icon='calendar'] Feb 18, 2015 9:00:00 AM / by Amy Young posted in Industry Insights, Cloud, EDC

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The Top Line:

  • More than 70 percent of clinical trials now use some form of EDC
  • Cloud-based EDC platforms offer significant benefits for all sizes and types of organizations
  • Selecting the best system for you requires careful due diligence in five key areas

If there is an EDC genie, he’s permanently been let out of the bottle.

Well over 70 percent of clinical trials now use Electronic Data Collection (EDC) in some fashion since the first systems appeared a decade ago. And even if the pharmaceutical and medical device industry is historically slow to adopt new technology, the ease, efficiency and cost-effectiveness of cloud-based EDC platforms are encouraging upgrades across the sector.

CROs and investigator site early adopters, particularly in the U.S. and Europe, are taking the next step in clinical IT’s evolution: They’re moving away from older proprietary, server-based EDC systems, spurred on by streamlined data collection that improves data security, quality and access. This trend is especially evident among small and medium-size sponsors, CROs and academic research institutions that lack the capital needed to purchase, install and maintain server-based systems. And the market has responded as EDC vendors have added cloud-based tools to their product and service suites.

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Changing Horses in Mid-Stream: Yes, You CAN Switch EDC Systems During a Trial

[fa icon='calendar'] Feb 6, 2015 1:01:08 PM / by Amy Young posted in Industry Insights, EDC

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The Top Line:

  • Sticking with outdated legacy EDC systems is no longer necessary even if your trial began with one. 
  • You can switch to more cost-effective EDC systems without delays, interruptions or increased risk.
  • Data-agnostic EDC platforms seamlessly import data from virtually any source.

The advent of cloud-based EDC platforms has introduced unparalleled flexibility and speed into the clinical research process. With these sophisticated systems, sponsors now conduct studies of all sizes in every therapeutic area and location more easily and cost effectively than ever before.

But some sponsors are challenged “reaching for the clouds” because they believe that having an existing EDC system prevents them from moving to a better EDC platform.

It’s time to make the leap. Not only can today’s EDC platforms help you conduct smarter and more cost-effective studies, but many also can import your current study data quickly, accurately and effortlessly.

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How EDC Improves Clinical Team Communication

[fa icon='calendar'] Jan 28, 2015 2:06:00 PM / by Amy Young posted in Industry Insights, EDC, Crisis Communication Plan

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The Top Line:

  • EDC systems are becoming essential trial communication conduits
  • Optimize workflows and team interaction through modularization
  • Make use of EDC to advance corporate culture

Look at your mobile phone. Do you have the latest, greatest app-laden smartgadget? No worries if you don’t. Using a device that is two or three generations old is no big deal.

In clinical research, though, it’s different. Ensuring your team has access to and is up to speed on the most recent data management software advancements is critical. Your technology backbone may not be on public display, but in a time of ever-expanding expectations, that backbone can make or break your ability to attract and retain clients.

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Why Move Your Trial From Paper to the Cloud

[fa icon='calendar'] Jan 15, 2015 3:17:00 PM / by Amy Young posted in Industry Insights, Cloud, EDC

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The Top Line:

  • Today's EDC platforms are more scalable and powerful than in years past.
  • Innovative billing structures allow researchers of any size to use EDC.
  • The FDA encourages EDC adoption.

The popularity of EDC (Electronic Data Capture) continues to grow throughout the clinical research sector. EDC technology now is common not only in large pharmaceutical trials, but also in smaller biotechnology and device studies. At the same time, though, a number of small sponsors and clinical research organizations (CROs) believe EDC is still beyond their budgets and continue to enter paper Case Report Forms (CRFs) into electronic databases (double data entry). They also often enter paper CRFs into spreadsheet programs like MS Excel® for trials where submission to the FDA is not the ultimate goal.

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