Can Technology Foster Better Collaboration?

Brion Regan |

Clinical trials are reliant on the input and oversight of numerous parties, all working toward one common objective. But the processes, protocols, and tools driving studies can at times appear to be working against one another rather than as a unit. Surely better collaboration can be achieved, but how?

If you opened a grandfather clock to peer at its inner workings, you’d see that producing the time relies on precision and balance. Simple weighted pendulum technology keeps the clock’s mechanisms moving continuously in order to pinpoint the most accurate time.

Similarly, the right balance of process and technology keeps the many components of a clinical trial swinging forward in unison. Every gear of a clinical trial must work flawlessly together in order to focus on its most important deliverable: data.

Imagine a trial monitor producing a near real-time snapshot of at-risk investigator sites in an instant. Or a CRO producing a sponsor-ready report on study or program performance metrics at the snap of a finger. These capabilities and more are available today. The right technology solution shaves time off employee tasks and fosters a more synergistic and integrated work experience ― all of which elevate the quality of trial data and the efficiency of trial execution.

From establishing high-quality and timely analytics that inform decisions to automating cumbersome and error-prone manual tasks, the best technology solutions are intuitive and help a clinical trial run more smoothly. Today’s clinical trial management solutions should create efficiencies and transparency, rather than create administrative burden as is the case with their archaic CTMS predecessors.

Just as the various parts of a pendulum-powered clock are known for working in harmony to keep the most accurate time, all components of your clinical trials should be similarly aligned to deliver an accurate picture of trial performance that drives day-to-day operations and maintains clinical research momentum. Leveraging the right technology to support best practices ― along with on-boarding forward-thinking people ― can go a long way toward achieving the right balance and establishing a collaborative environment.

Brion Regan is Product Manager, Trial Oversight at ERT