Clinical Trial Technology Editorial

  1. 3 Keys To Successful Blockchain Adoption In Clinical Research

    Excitement around the potential for blockchain platforms continues to build. This parallels the surge in popularity of blockchain-based cryptocurrencies such as Bitcoin. Meanwhile, “critics argue it’s all hype — a technological hammer looking for a nail — and that the complexities of health information prevent practical use of blockchain technology.”

  2. When It Comes To Study Start-Up, The News Is Still Bad

    The START II Study, conducted by Tufts CSDD and technology provider goBalto, attempted to determine how bad the study start-up process had become, and how pharma could address the growing problem. It now takes six to seven months on average to perform study start-up. Despite new technologies making the start-up process easier, we still have 11 percent of sites that are never activated.

  3. Will A New Engagement Tool Finally Solve The Patient Recruitment Problem?

    Getting new treatments to patients is a long and costly endeavor. Most drugs take upward of eight years and billions of dollars to receive regulatory approval. One of the biggest problems sponsor companies face when trying to launch a Phase 3 trial is finding enough patients to take part in the study.

  4. Focus On Change Management To Aid Technology Adoption

    Your employees will always resist technology change. Change tends to bring fear and uncertainty. To overcome fear and make your installation a success, focus on implementation, change management, and providing immediate benefits to users.

  5. Why Is It So Difficult To Implement New Technologies?

    For many companies, implementing new clinical technologies can be a difficult endeavor. Compatibility issues, training, and employees who are resistant to change can make implementations a challenge. What can executives can do to better prepare for change when it comes to their companies?

  6. Take A Page From Amazon’s Playbook To Transform Clinical Trials

    Since my first Amazon article, readers contacted me about Amazon-like transformations in clinical research. I never expected clinical research trends to emulate Amazon’s playbook.

  7. Decrypting The Utility Of Blockchain In Clinical Data Management

    According to a common refrain, blockchain will “transform” and “disrupt” the life sciences industry. While the technology’s applications in industries such as banking and broader financial services are readily apparent and, in fact, already being adopted, tangible applications in the life sciences prove more nebulous.

  8. Wearable Derived Data In Clinical Trials: The Biggest Barriers Are Crumbling

    Previous articles on Clinical Leader have discussed the potential benefits of wearable devices for remote patient monitoring in clinical trials. In addition to possible increases in trial efficiency and reduction of costs, “wearables” have the potential to collect data better reflecting patient functioning and response in the real-world setting.  According to the Clinical Trials Transformation Initiative’s Mobile Clinical Trials (MCT) Program, mobile devices, including wearables, offer the opportunity to collect more complete and informative data than ever before. Mobile devices may also reduce the patient burden in clinical trials, thus enhancing the patient experience.  Companies are exploring the use of wearable devices in the post-marketing setting as well, as a component of patient care. 

  9. Can GAP Double The Number Of Patients In Alzheimer’s Trials?

    According to research performed on recruitment, 85 percent of trials are delayed due to enrollment issues and more than 30 percent of total trial time is spent simply recruiting patients. Those issues are present in all therapeutic areas, including Alzheimer’s disease. To mitigate these problems, cut the time of trials, and get needed medicines to patients faster, the Global Alzheimer’s Platform (GAP) Foundation is implementing a new model that promises to increase patient participation in Alzheimer’s research.

  10. Clinical News Roundup: FDA Awards Funding To Pediatric Clinical Trials

    Clinical news roundup for the week of November 6th with information on FDA funding pediatric trials, clinical trials for heroin addicts, Marken’s home delivery app, Seeker’s patient enrollment portal, and minority recruitment in trials.