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The Productive You: 18 Essential Apps That Will Change Your Life

[fa icon='calendar'] Mar 11, 2015 3:00:00 PM / by Amy Young posted in Industry Insights, Apps, eguide, Information Technology, productivity

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The objective of work is to get things done. Simple, right?

But perpetual phone calls, endless emails and mind-numbing meetings (not to mention hundreds of other daily distractions) can quickly complicate matters and sap productivity. Which leads to more stress and frustration. Which, in turn, leads to lower productivity.

Feeling a strange sense of déjà vu all over again?

If there’s one thing we prize at eClinicalOS, it’s efficiency. After all, we built our company around the concept of helping clinical researchers work smarter through advanced information technology. So it’s only natural that we relentlessly search for ways to be more efficient ourselves. And when we discover them, we’re eager to share them.

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10 Proven Ways to Reduce the Cost of Your Trial

[fa icon='calendar'] Mar 11, 2015 9:00:00 AM / by Amy Young posted in Industry Insights, cost savings, clinical trials, eguide

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The Top Line:

  • Cost reduction measures can be implemented in different phases of a clinical trial and may be direct or indirect in nature.
  • EDC and eClinical platforms offer multiple opportunities to reduce costs and increase efficiency.
  • Thoughtful negotiation and understanding of contract models is essential to avoiding budget overruns.

Trimming study budgets is a good thing, right? Well, yes and no. When you can cut costs without compromising data integrity or accuracy, that's usually a good thing. But when cost cutting is only about saving money no matter what, it can increase frustration, impair quality, damage reputations and end up increasing project costs in the long run.

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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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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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