Southern Star Research, a leading Asia-Pacific full-service contract research organization (CRO) based in Sydney, Australia, looked to build a technology platform that would allow its data managers to rapidly develop and deploy clinical studies without the help of IT staff and programmers. Although CROs still conduct paperbased clinical studies, well over half are now initiated electronically. For this majority of studies, EDC systems form the core of study data management. When digital server technology is hosted and maintained by the CROs themselves, a great deal of extra technical resources is required. Building a single study could take an organization weeks, if not months.
Southern Star Research needed a technology platform that would allow its data managers to rapidly build and deploy clinical studies without the help of IT staff and programmers. Teaming up with IBM® Watson Health™, the organization successfully built a comprehensive and ready-to-launch study in four days using the IBM Clinical Development platform’s solutions and services.