Technology has infiltrated the clinical research space and is transforming the way research gets done. Predominant solutions across the healthcare and bioscience industries include electronic data capture (EDC), IVRS/registration systems, clinical trial management software (CTMS), e-regulatory tools (i.e., for trial master files, site binders), trial management portals, and virtual trial platforms. Such tech innovations are enabling researchers to gain more information than previously possible, and often at a much faster pace.
The technology shift is well under way and is expected to continue at a rapid pace. Technology, however, also brings with it a sense of hesitation and skepticism for some. Changing processes and learning new skills is often cause for resistance. It’s simply a matter of human nature. While it may be uncomfortable to adopt to change initially, the sooner clinicians embrace new technologies and open their minds to the many benefits and efficiencies they offer, the smoother the transition.
Sites that recognize the significance of this revolution and take actions to incorporate new technology into their operations will become the most competitive, and are likely to gain the majority of new trials. Education and training are key across the clinical research industry for clinicians to stay abreast of the new resources and be prepared to work with them.
This paper is intended to educate site directors, leaders of operations for research sites/site networks, and other clinical research professionals on the significance of new technologies, how they are changing the industry, and where to turn for access to free training.