Clinical research plays a crucial role in the advancement of medicine and drug development to ensure the health and well-being of society. The hard work that goes into conducting a clinical trial is not an easy task by any means. There are numerous pieces that go into the massive puzzle that is a clinical trial from start to finish and often times, issues come up that hinder a study’s timeline which results in suspending regulatory filing, market entry and, ultimately, distribution of a new therapy to patients.
With so many new drugs competing against one another, the immense pressure to speed clinical trials while also keeping costs at a reasonable price is an extremely daunting task. Since clinical trials are a massive overhead, managing resources efficiently is a crucial corporate goal – according to the Clinical Trials Transformation Initiative, the majority of the costs incurred in clinical trials are associated with human time and effort making unnecessary complexity burdensome and expensive.
So, how can technology help the clinical trial process become more streamlined? In the article titled The unsexy plumbing of clinical trials, by Craig Morgan, Morgan explains how new technology could dramatically speed up the clinical development process. “The new paradigm of end-to-end clinical trials infrastructure utilising ‘best of breed’ technologies driven by cloud-based solutions leave the unsexy plumbing of traditional clinical trial systems behind and give us the tools we need to tackle the formidable challenges that lie ahead” exclaims Morgan. Recently, there have been many technological solutions whose objective is to automate clinical operations such as clinical trial management systems, electronic data capture, electronic trial master file and study start-up. These all provide huge steps in the right direction to smooth the clinical trial process and ensure success.
Of course, with all new technologies, there are challenges but cloud-based apps and development architectures allow groups and teams to collaborate in real-time, helping ease the burden of antiquated back-office data capture systems. Study start-up has always been the prime focus of automation, but also a barrier in clinical trials. A growing awareness has been building among stakeholders of the need for a better study start-up process which will only help the process become more efficient and streamlined.
A clinical trial from start to finish is complex with many moving parts, but utilizing the best technologies driven by cloud-based solutions will only help make the clinical trial process a smooth, easy ride.
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