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Emotional Intelligence: Why It Is More Important Than Ever

Our world has never felt more uncertain. Every facet of our lives feel fraught with emotional discord. We miss connections with family and friends and a sense of normalcy due to the COVID-19 pandemic. We have witnessed social injustice in our country and the subsequent protests and riots. Political views vary widely and people have become overly emotional with the presidential election looming. It’s become more important than ever to recognize emotional intelligence and make sure it is present...

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The Impact of COVID-19 on the Life Sciences Industry – What Happens Now?

There are still a few months left in 2020 and it has already left a permanent mark on the life sciences industry. No one could have predicted how the COVID-19 pandemic would affect clinical research but now that it has happened there is no turning back. This unprecedented event shone a light on issues plaguing clinical research sites and how clinical trials were currently being conducted. Due to the pandemic, measures were taken and sites had to restrict on-site visits meaning they also had to ...

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Clinical Trial Site Communications – A Must Have

  “Communication is key.” A saying that will never go out of style. In today’s world, this mantra means a lot more than it used to. Keeping lines of communication open is the path to staying afloat in difficult times. Clinical trial sites are no exception. The question is how do all of your research sites stay connected, especially these days. During a pandemic or any day to day operations, there is nothing more important than having all personnel staying in touch with each other. Wh...

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EDC Design With the End User in Mind

User experience is important within any software as it focuses on ensuring the product is doing its job correctly and in the most helpful way.  An EDC system designed with the end user in mind streamlines data capture for all clinical trials and leaves a favourable impression. A poor user experience, on the contrary, tends to make users frustrated, impatient, and even angry. Additionally, it increases time spent on building and managing studies and subsequently slows down the delivery of the th...

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From Chalkboards to Ones and Zeros

  My grandfather had this saying. “Steven, as you go through life you should imagine carrying a little backpack. Along the way, whenever you have the chance to pick up a positive skill or experience, you just pick it up and place it right in there. You’ll be quite surprised how many times that backpack is going to come in handy.” I heard this little speech on more than one occasion. In my youth; I didn’t think much of it. As I got older and was required to make my way in this world...

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The Importance of Mid-Study Changes

What are mid-study changes and why are they so important to the lifecycle of a clinical trial? Mid-study changes are changes that occur after a trial goes live, due to protocol amendments or design optimizations, and they require utilities to help incorporate those changes into the existing study. These utilities are called post-production utilities. They can range from adding new questions to existing forms, re-evaluating logic that has been updated on a form (new edit check logic or calculatio...

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A Day in the Life of a Datatrak Learning Solutions Specialist

I’m just going to put this out there…I’m popular. Really popular. There’s simply no denying it. Not “Mean Girls” popular, but I’m definitely in-high-demand popular. As a Datatrak Learning Solutions Specialist, I have the unique position of collaborating with every department of our organization AND I also interact regularly with our clients and end users. See? Popular. One aspect of my role is acting as an internal corporate trainer. I train incoming employees about our company...

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Study Design in Datatrak – Build your Own Adventure

The Datatrak Clinical and Consulting Services (DCCS) department within Datatrak was established in 2010 and has operated on the key premise of offering customizable solutions that best fit the needs of each of our clients. For Datatrak’s Full-Service Clients, this generally means identifying a Datatrak Study Team which will be responsible for support throughout the full lifecycle of a trial including build and setup during startup, user administration, training and design changes during the on...

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Staying Sane in a Crazy World (while working remotely!)

With the advent of the COVID-19 pandemic, more and more employees around the world are finding themselves forced to work from home for the first time in their careers. Some may welcome this new adventure with open arms, while others will cringe at the thought of not being able to go to a different location to work. There is no doubt about it; there will be an adjustment period, especially if you’re also dealing with children suddenly at home with schools closing. It can be a daunting task ...

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A Note to Datatrak Customers on COVID-19

Due to the recent outbreak of novel coronavirus (COVID-19), we are sharing with you the precautions and protocols we are taking to protect our customers and the Datatrak staff. Datatrak is committed first and foremost to the health and safety of our customers and staff. Like many institutions, we have taken precautionary steps in response to COVID-19. Please be assured that we are following the guidance of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and state and local public health official...

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