This paper, Collaboration Requirements for an eClinical Supply Chain Management Platform, is the first in a series where we will detail the critical requirements for an eClinical Supply Chain Management platform. For such a platform to properly optimize the clinical trial supply chain it must support requirements that fall into 4 categories:
- Real-Time Visibility
- Traceable Chain of Custody
This paper—the first in the series—will provide a deep dive into the collaboration requirements. The clinical supplies managed by a supply chain during the course of a clinical trial include lab kits, investigational product (IP), medical devices, ancillary and other clinical supplies, and biological samples. This means there are a number of collaborators involved in making the supply chain work, such as sponsors, contract research organizations (CROs), research sites, labs, distributors, and couriers. This requires a lot of coordination and communication, which is very difficult with the current chaotic and manual processes that involve spreadsheets, notes handwritten on paper, phone calls, and emails. An eClincial Supply Chain Management (eCSCM) platform must be able to replace these manual processes and have capabilities that streamline the coordination of collaborators and the communication between them.