With the cost of executing clinical trials continuing to spiral upward, Sponsor and CROs are increasingly relying on the ability to integrate multiple service providers on a single study. Integration...true integration, that is...must accomplish three key procedural (and thereby cost) savings regardless of the types of applications/tools being integrated:
First, the integration must eliminate costly and inefficient redundancies, and the reconciliation activities they inevitably engender. Second, data sharing between systems must occur in close to real-time in order to avoid misinformation and the wasteful time/cost consequences misinformation can generate. Third, integration must be able to be accomplished easily and flexibly, without causing long delays in startup timelines and, hence, negatively impacting project budgets. Fourth, the integration must be reliable--that is, users must be able to feel confident that data is accurately and consistently being conveyed.
Veracity Logic's approach to integrations between its IRT system and leading EDC platforms in the field today meet all four of these critical criteria. Data initiated by the IRT -- for example, screening IDs or patient randomization data -- are shuttled on a real-time, transactional basis to the EDC system. There is no need to enter the same data twice, thus eliminating the need for reconciliation. Error monitoring and correction processes are built into the our approach to integration, enabling users to feel confident in the status of the integrated database. For example, should a transmission fail-- either on the IRT or the EDC side of things -- an email is automatically sent to IRT staff who can then take the necessary steps to address the issue and retransmit the file.
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