We had a great turnout for our webcast, “One-Stop Shopping for Clinical Trial Management: The Value Proposition of a Digital CRO Paradigm.” Throughout the webcast we offered several polling questions to attendees for live feedback. The first polling question was of particular interest to me because of my passion for helping sites and sponsors streamline their clinical development workflow and experience operational efficiencies and cost savings.

“How many different databases do you currently utilize to manage a clinical trial (CTMS, randomization, EDC, Specimen tracking, Safety, TMF, etc)?

Here are the results of the poll:

  • 1-5 (53 percent)
  • 6-10 (45 percent)
  • 11-16 (0 percent)
  • 17 or more (2 percent)

In our experience, we have found that as CROs get larger, the average number of databases used across departments and clinical development stages is more than 16.

From the image above, you can see the inefficiencies and challenges created when trying to work within that number of databases. This image does not even represent an all-inclusive list of possible databases, which will vary based on each trial.  However, the overall basis is that leveraging this number of unique databases across multiple groups creates a very silo-ed affect.

This is especially cumbersome when trying to relay information to sponsors in a timely manner. It is simply inefficient.

Clinipace has moved to a more unified approach, supporting these same clinical processes with a configurable and flexible workflow engine on a single technology platform on a single data model. We eliminate having multiple logins and data being transferred from one technology to another.

Streamlining databases is really only the start of how we can create operational efficiencies for your clinical trial. Next, consider how clinical operations personnel can think about how they conduct their jobs differently, more efficiently, around this single-platform technology.

To learn more about how a dCRO works, watch this webcast in its entirety here.