By Michael Smyth, Division President, TransPerfect, Trial Interactive
A lot can change in 25 years, but some things don’t change easily. That does not mean people aren’t trying. While usage of Excel trackers has remained stagnant, the rise of clinical trial management system (CTMS) technology offers a centralized approach to collecting, aggregating, and reporting on data from within and across clinical trials. Home-grown and vendor solutions have largely fallen short due to complexity, cumbersome interfaces, and a general lack of user-centric design. In other words, teams are not able to easily see the information they need, when they need it, without jumping through a few too many hoops. This can lead to reverting to our friend the Excel tracker—often even while operating on a CTMS.
We now have a lot of information on what does and does not work, as well as a complete picture of the needs of various users. With this information in hand, a modern approach to CTMS can finally put trackers behind us.