By Cheryl Silva
In the normal course of a clinical trial, delays are often accepted as part of the process. For instance, data entered by the site may not auto-encode correctly and therefore require further review by a medical coder, generally within five days. But in the fight against COVID-19, time is especially critical. A large pharmaceutical company utilizing Premier Research’s Functional Service Provider (FSP) model asked if we could accelerate coding turn-around time to just six hours so that every piece of information could keep moving without delay. Thanks to Premier’s access to global resources, we were able to say yes.
Under an FSP model, you gain access to a dedicated corps of experts that works alongside your study teams to deliver long-term support for key functions and meet project-specific needs. This allows you to leverage existing infrastructure and expertise in a way that is both flexible and scalable, with none of the constraints and capital investment triggered by hiring full-time staff. But the location of those existing resources can have a big impact on your trial, particularly when the resources are only based within a small region.