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Real-Time Visibility Requirements For An eClinical Supply Chain Management Platform

Source: Slope

This is the second paper in a series discussing the requirements for an eClinical Supply Chain Management (eCSCM) platform. There are four categories of requirements for an eCSCM platform to be able to optimize a clinical supply chain. These are:

  1. Collaboration
  2. Real-Time Visibility
  3. Traceable Chain of Custody
  4. Compliance

This paper will explore the real-time visibility requirements for an eClinical Supply Chain Management platform. Data integrity is a massive concern for sponsors of clinical trials. When sponsors cannot trust data because it is manually transcribed from paper to system—then from system to system— and provided after the fact, the clinical trial’s success can be at risk. Unlike error-prone manual processes, an online platform can provide real-time visibility into the execution of a clinical trial. Data relevant to the role of each collaborator—sponsors, contract research organizations (CROs), research sites, distributors, labs—can be provided in real-time so that each collaborator can identify issues before they become major problems. An eClinical Supply Chain Management platform must be able to automate the tracking and reporting of every activity related to clinical trial procedures, biological sample collection and shipping, and the inventory management of lab kits, investigational product (IP), devices, equipment, shippers, and ancillary clinical supplies.


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