By Chris Watson, Product Manager, Exco InTouch
To begin with – a bold statement: it is without doubt that the future success of the pharmaceutical industry relies heavily on increasingly intelligent solutions to increase both the cost-effectiveness of clinical trials, and reduce the burden of healthcare cost throughout the world. The advance of technology can now be observed in both the clinical and healthcare arenas, however, this was not always the case. Traditionally, data collection was conducted using paper diaries due to the associated hardware costs of implementing electronic solutions. Collecting and consolidating data this way can be resource-intensive and a burden on both timescales and budget though. Additionally, retrospective data interrogation is near impossible due to the difficulty of re-engaging with patients and the timeframes elapsed between recording and review.