Clinical Guest Contributors

  1. 5 Tactics To Overcome Technology & Innovation Adoption Challenges In Clinical Research
    8/15/2019

    Our global digital population — people around the world that are active internet users — has grown to 4.3 billion as of July 2019, representing roughly 56 percent of the global population. Of this global digital population, almost 4 billion are accessing the internet using mobile devices, with non-tablet mobile devices contributing nearly half of web page views worldwide.

  2. Email/Excel vs. Clinical Applications: What Do ClinOps Professionals Really Need?
    8/13/2019

    The Veeva 2019 Unified Clinical Operations Survey examines the extent to which the clinical trial industry has sought to overcome its dependence on outmoded processes through the implementation of clinical applications. The survey’s main objective is to grow understanding of the “drivers, barriers, and benefits of a unified clinical operating model” through the exploration of clinical stakeholders’ attitudes about the clinical applications they currently use.

  3. 3 Critical Areas To Review In Strategic Site Selection
    8/8/2019

    Have you ever put off doing something you knew needed to be done, even though you had the ability and money for it?  Think exercising, getting a will or going to the dentist (hopefully you have dealt with at least the latter).  In the same way, many study sponsors put off aggregating and utilizing key intelligence on their previously used investigator sites for use in future strategic site selections. At times, there will be unique reasons for engaging with a certain investigator site or the need to use research-naive sites. However, if previously used sites will be considered for a new study, it is vital to review some key information for a truly strategic site selection process.  Let's take a look at some of these key, yet often forgotten, areas.

  4. Standard Of Care And The Internet Of Medical Things
    8/6/2019

    During the American College of Cardiology annual meeting in March, researchers from Stanford University, Apple Inc., and other academic centers unveiled the Apple Heart Study, a first-of-its-kind large-scale study involving more than 400,000 members of the general population (iPhone and Apple Watch owners). The goal of the study was to identify users with a potentially lethal irregular heart rhythm called atrial fibrillation (AF).

  5. Merck’s Patient-Centric Approach To Trial Recruitment, Representation, And Retention
    8/1/2019

    Patient behaviors have changed drastically in recent years. With the widespread adoption of digital technologies, such as wearable devices that transmit patient data, and a surge in health-related information available online, patients have become more knowledgeable and engaged in the management of their own health than ever before.

  6. Developing Triple-Combination Immunotherapies: Lessons Learned From HIV
    7/30/2019

    Our body’s immune system appears to be the most effective therapy to fight cancer—more so than chemotherapy, radiotherapy, or any other anti-cancer therapy currently available. However, the immune system is only effective if it can detect cancer cells.

  7. 3 Surefire Approaches To SOP Harmonization
    7/25/2019

    We seem to be buried in standard operating procedures (SOPs). So how the heck are companies supposed to make the SOP mountain smaller through harmonization?

  8. The Human Component Of Clinical Trial Technology Implementations
    7/23/2019

    As part of our ongoing series about best-in-class approaches for rapidly assessing, prototyping, and introducing digital and other clinical trial technologies, we focus our attention in this article on the “human” component of technology-enabled transformation.

  9. Improving Study Efficiencies With Protocol Templates For Nonclinical Studies
    7/18/2019

    Clinical research organizations (CROs) are often required to adhere to a variety of sponsor-specific protocol and/or reporting templates, often presenting the same information in various places or in different ways, depending on sponsor-specific requests. Maintaining multiple templates requires a significant amount of time and resources.

  10. Trial Navigators: The Key To Increased Patient Participation In Clinical Trials
    7/16/2019

    The appallingly low rates of patient participation in cancer clinical trials, especially in the community setting, is no secret. The fact is that 98 percent% of our patient population isn’t aware of available trials, doesn’t know how to apply, or is under too much financial and emotional strain, etc. to even consider joining a trial. The blame for this rightfully falls on the proverbial shoulders of the main stakeholders: the biopharmaceutical industry, healthcare institutions, government, and — yes — patient support groups.