Hey, Do You Guys Do Many Phase 3’s?

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We’ve recently had a few prospective clients ask us to add to our company’s introductory materials a couple of additional details about the project structure and client base of our Interactive Response Technology (IRT/IWR/IVR) – specifically, client type and project phase.

To that end, we’ve drawn together two key metrics that will let customers know at a glance the total project experience landscape here at Veracity Logic. We thought we’d share these today with you, our website/blog/newsletter readers!


Client Base: About 50/50 split between CROs and Sponsors, on average. Company sizes range from small to large.
Project Types over the past decade of global IRT systems deployment:
52% Phase 3-4
48% Phase 1-2b
Veracity Logic is known in the industry to be a solid, economical option for smaller studies, and a user-friendly, flexible, robust environment (still economical!) for big studies. And, in a recent survey, many of our clients went out of their way to give major kudos to the VL project team for responsiveness, knowledge, and ability to adapt.

A Cautionary Tale: Configurability and Real Life

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“Configurable” is a much bandied term these days when folks in the clinical trials industry get together to talk about technological support systems like IRT (IWR/IVR).

A configurable system is taken to mean “a state of being that is the opposite of custom-coded”. In other words, faster, cheaper, easier to adapt; changes that can be made with the click of a button rather than requiring two days of coding. In its most honest form, a system designed with an eye toward configurability is a must-have leap forward from a custom-coded system. It should be the first cut on any procurement checklist for vetting an IRT.

But, realistically, that’s where the wish list stops.

What a ‘configured system’ is not is a one-size-fits-all magic bullet. And yet all too often that’s the expectation… and the cause of inevitable frustration.

Revisiting Efficiency: How to Integrate your IRT with EDC

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The Issue:

One of the most consistent questions we get from prospective clients is how best to handle data integration between the IRT and EDC systems being used for a clinical trial.

The EDC system will house the bulk of the clinical data, while the IRT is needed for randomization and drug assignment. What’s the most efficient, cost-effective way to accomplish two key study goals: to achieve integrated data in real time, and to avoid time-wasting duplication and reconciliation requirements between systems?

AGILE or Not – The Team Makes the Difference

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We’ve been surprised over the past year or so by the number of IRT companies that have begun touting AGILE methodology as the knight-on-a-white-horse come to save us all from our clinical trial timing dilemmas. Oh, if only it were that simple!
A Decade of Agility

Veracity Logic has been using an AGILE-style methodology for nearly 10 years now. What we have learned is this: In its cleanest form, the approach does allow project teams to implement systems faster than with the traditional waterfall. But — unfortunately for all of us – an AGILE process is not what finally makes a difference in the timelines of a project.

User Experience = Power+Simplicity!

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The Challenge:

As technology gets more and more sophisticated, data collection systems for clinical trials are at risk of becoming less and less intuitive for users. Accordingly, the importance of the User Experience has moved to the forefront in many recent pharmaceutical conferences. The challenge for the pharma-tech industry is obvious: How to deliver more and more power under the hood while remaining/becoming more and more user friendly for the diverse population of users at clinical sites around the world?

We’ve Got You Covered: Countries

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Interactive Response Technology solutions must reach people wherever they are throughout the world. Subjects/Patients, Clinical Sites Users, Warehouse Distribution Staff, and the Clinical Project Teams exist in a more and more distributed environment. Veracity Logic’s web presence exists anywhere users are able to reach the Internet. Our Help Desk staff are available to all users via email or phone.

In addition, we have phone lines available in 50+ countries including:

Protecting the Study Blind in IRT Processing

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In recent years there has been an upsurge in professional vigilance with regard to maintaining the study blind in clinical trials. Concern about incidental unblinding — i.e., an unblinding or ‘partial unblinding’ that occurs accidentally in the course of modifying some other aspect of a trial– has grown in proportion to new strategies and techniques adopted by the industry. These concerns apply to all sectors of a study strategy, including outsourced players like IRT (IWR/IVR) systems. Veracity Logic founder Steve Zimmerman led a panel of colleagues in discussion of this subject at the CBI IRT conference in Philadelphia in 2015.

Right-sizing your IRT Vendor…

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It’s almost axiomatic that no one was ever fired for choosing one of the top five CROs to run a clinical trial. After all, these companies have the most resources, the best people, more experience, and great systems and processes. They’re able to sell with their A-team.

Unfortunately for many small to medium sized customers, such companies sometimes deliver with their “C Team” saving their A-team for the bigger, more highly funded programs. For smaller companies, a project’s budget may be a tiny fraction of the gross revenue of the larger company. If you contract with a company having $4+ billion in annual revenue, your $3 million budget is only 0.075% of their revenue. Unfair, definitely. But a reality.

Seven “everyday” benefits of using an IRT

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Major players in clinical trials have acknowledged the important role of early-input data from Interactive Response Technology (IRT/IVR/IWR) for Risk-Based Monitoring (RBM) assessments. (See previous hot topics on the subject by selecting All Hot Topics from the Main Menu.) A few examples of the IRT data available to the Site Monitor or Clinical Research Associate (CRA) for RBM are: