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eClinical State of Mind

By Marissa Jambrone, Datatrak data management solutions are a great option for clinical researchers looking to simplify their study.  What study does not want to speed up the process of getting approved by the FDA? According to a study by the Tufts Center for the Study of Drug Development, “developing a new prescription medicine that gains marketing approval, a process often lasting longer than a decade, is estimated to cost $2.6 billion.” From that same study, Tufts Center states that, “$1.2 billion of the $2.6 billion is time costs.” [1]  Any amount of time saved will equal a quicker return on investment AND save lives in the process.  So why not use an enterprise solution? It’s time to let clinical researchers be clinical researchers by freeing them up to focus on their research rather than a solution that is frustrating, complex, and adds time to tasks making you miss deadlines. So, how do you know if a system is right for you? Here are a few things you should ask yourself when looking for your next vendor:

  • What do their current clients say about their system?
  • Who chooses what enhancements are made to the system?
  • How many of those enhancements came from current client suggestions?
  • You’re able to get the information in the system without a problem, but how easy it is to extract that data? Within this system, what can help you get your study in front of the FDA quicker?
  • Is your data moving process complicating the review by regulatory agencies? Just because you aren’t moving it doesn’t mean it isn’t moving.  Ask your provider.

Well, before you sign your next contract, watch the following video from – you’re guaranteed to laugh.  Like the video points out, not all technology solutions are created equally – and it’s no different in the eClinical world. What questions do you consider when choosing a vendor?   [1] "Tufts Center for the Study of Drug Development." PR Tufts CSDD 2014 Cost Study. Tufts Center for the Study of Drug Development, 18 Nov. 2014. Web. 14 Sept. 2015.