Technological Advances in Clinical Research

April 2021

All industries have undoubtedly been influenced by technological advances. For clinical research, electronic data capture (EDC) has been one of the most pronounced technological advances.

“Over the past decade, we have seen a shift to electronic data collection in clinical research. Within the last few years, the uptake has been significant in various research sites,” says Adish Ezatagha, Associate Director of Clinic Operations at INQUIS. “There are many advantages to using EDC. It creates significant efficiencies, minimizes human error, and improves GCP compliance.”

“Study pace and timelines are often of critical importance for our clients, who are on tight deadlines for product launches or company-wide meetings,” says Janice Campbell, Associate Director of Clinical Affairs at INQUIS. “Using EDC allows us to move at a faster pace while improving on our high standard of data quality. As well, COVID-19 has added another layer of complexity to everything in clinical research. Using EDC provides opportunities for remote study monitoring and provides detailed audit trails.”

“Technological integration in all levels of study design and execution has grown tremendously in clinical research. EDC is just one of those pieces. eRegulatory, eConsent, eSource and ePRO are all examples of other pieces that come together to ultimately improve data collection and management in clinical research,” says Adish Ezatagha. “Working in clinical nutrition research, we are used to being on the forefront of change as new advances are made. The same is true with regards to the way we capture and manage the data generated in our research.”