Planning the official EDC or clinical database for an upcoming clinical trial is a unilaterally intense initiative. This is not always the case for other, also-important, applications used during a clinical trial – including collateral systems like Interactive Response Technology (IRT/IWR/IVR).
The IRT serves as a remote ‘front end’ for certain key clinical trial activities. Whereas the EDC is the clinical database, the IRT is widely recognized as the tool of choice for randomizing patients and managing drug inventory and subject drug assignments (including shipping and warehouse/depot interactions). The IRT is also first in line for important information about subject compliance with visit schedules. For many projects, IRT data is pushed to EDC systems on a transactional basis, eliminating the need for redundant data entry by busy clinical site users.