Action Items

Smart video conferencing a CNS diagnostic tool for CROs

Monday, October 2, 2017

For the past 20 years, we have watched cell phones morph into smart devices that do just about any function you can name. In this same converging trend, video conferencing systems now include “Smart” technologies enabling a multitude of functions to be performed beyond the legacy video conference function. Today, a CNS diagnostic tool has been created specifically for CRO usage using video conferencing.

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New evidence extends validation for quality review

Monday, October 2, 2017

The Good ReseArch for Comparative Effectiveness (GRACE) checklist is a simple 11-item tool that considers the study purpose and provides questions to guide high-level evaluation of methods, data quality and analytics for use in health technology assessments of effectiveness and safety studies. It provides a scoring tool to help evaluate studies in the context of the study goal, and can be used by sophisticated and less experienced users.

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Integrated delivery of CRO services

Friday, September 1, 2017

Unified delivery of a broad range of services by a CRO within a single clinical trial can be difficult to do as each role within a CRO—be it a Clinical, Data or Laboratory Project Manager, is primarily focused on delivery of their own aspects of the trial.

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Planning for proactive pharmacovigilance

Friday, September 1, 2017

The role of pharmacovigilance is becoming increasingly prominent, with scope to inform product strategy and health economics. A recent industry debate hosted by ProductLife Group saw some interesting tips for clinical operations.

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Implementing end-to-end trial technology solutions

Friday, September 1, 2017

While innovation in clinical trial technology can vastly improve processes and workflows, these technologies often create new challenges for sponsors and CROs—especially when the technologies are not compatible. The innovations are so diverse that sponsors and CROs have difficulty implementing comprehensive solutions. Interoperability is now more critical than ever.

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Designing outcomes that matter to patients

Tuesday, August 1, 2017

Even as the pharmaceutical industry shifts to a more patient-centric model for clinical trials, many enthusiastic R&D teams struggle to get started. How can you engage real patients to improve clinical trial design and drive better results?

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Research champions—Not your grandmother’s referring physicians

Tuesday, August 1, 2017

The changing ecosystem of clinical research—empowered by advances ranging from CRISPR Cas9 technology and genomic analysis of biomarkers to mechanobiology and predictive data monitor—calls us to reconsider the role of referring physicians in patient enrollment. These and other technologies will shift resources from the traditional investigative site model focused on a large number of sites enrolling many patients to a more networked model of sub-investigators focused on screening patients for specific biomarkers. 

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Embrace payment technology to improve processes

Tuesday, August 1, 2017

In today’s technology-enabled world, consumers expect instant gratification, especially when it comes to payments. The clinical trial industry, which historically has been slow to embrace new technologies, must recognize that it needs to adopt new payment technologies to continue to attract patients for clinical trials. The benefits that payment automation solutions can deliver to trials, such as increased patient retention rates and enhanced patient engagement, as well as streamlined internal processes, have never been more important.

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