Thanks to the remarkable advancements in technology, we’re on the cusp of driving positive change within the clinical research sector.
In this article, we’re diving into the heart of this transformative journey, exploring how technology is reshaping clinical sites and paving the future of clinical research.
The Restrictions of Traditional Clinical Trials
Traditionally, clinical sites have been the epicentres of groundbreaking research, where experts, participants, and healthcare professionals unite to redefine the healthcare landscape. But they’ve also been the cause of numerous challenges.
The sheer volume of patient data and the need to safeguard it in accordance with regulations have created a labyrinth of administrative burdens, leading to potential data breaches – which have become more common in recent years.
Engaging patients effectively in clinical trials has, for too long, been an uphill battle. Due to obstacles like travel restrictions, financial constraints, and the juggling act of work and family responsibilities. The insistence on having patients physically present, even when a simple online check-in or wearable technology device would suffice, has caused recruitment and retention issues for trials worldwide.
For Clinical Sites
In light of these age-old site-based trial challenges, it’s no wonder that technology has emerged as a formidable force for change.
Digital solutions and software platforms have automated administrative tasks, reducing the burden on clinical staff. This automation frees up time and resources for patient care and research. A 2018 study of nurses’ time allocation, found that they spent approximately 10% of their time on delegable and non-nursing activities. Technology is unlocking invaluable time, resources and empowering clinical professionals to once again place patient care at the forefront.
These solutions adhere to strict data security and compliance, ensuring the fortification of patient data while meeting regulatory demand – so staff never need to worry. Advanced analytics and machine learning algorithms allow clinical sites to navigate and make sense of colossal datasets, unearthing precious insights that may have been missed and fueling better-informed decision-making.
Although clinical trial technology solutions are moving in the right direction, sites still experience several challenges with decentralized technologies. Some of the most common concerns are insufficient budgets to account for technology set-up and training, lack of integrations resulting in duplicate data entry, nonexistent technology support, and excessive training obligations.
The 2023 SCRS Site Technology Landscape Survey indicated that 40% of sites are spending an average of 5-15 hours per month per trial on technology training. 25% of sites shared they are spending 15-20+ hours on training. Often, this training can be rudimentary and unhelpful for experienced sites.
To alleviate these concerns, our platform SkyePay has been built to be intuitive (even for a technophobe) and requires no training. Sites have access to a project manager for the whole duration of the trial, who will assist or offer tech support. We also have a flexible API that integrates with other clinical trial management systems (CTMS), making the whole process effortless!
The patient experience has also undergone a dramatic transformation in recent years. Mobile apps, telemedicine, and remote monitoring have eliminated many of the barriers to patient engagement. Now, patients can actively participate in trials from the cozy confines of their own homes, positively impacting recruitment and retention rates.
Technology’s impact extends even further. By using a clinical trial payment system, patient payments are streamlined, enhancing efficiency, transparency, and security. They also offer more flexible payment options, catering to diverse patient preferences, leading to better engagement and retention rates.
Embracing the future of technology in clinical research
As clinical research advances, clinical sites must evolve to keep pace with a rapidly shifting landscape. Technology has emerged as a beacon of hope, revolutionizing clinical site operations. Whilst breathing new life into patient engagement, and supercharging efficiency.
By harnessing technology, clinical sites can raise the bar for patient care, propel medical advances, and reshape the healthcare industry as we know it.
Clinical trial payment systems like SkyePay are leading the way and enabling clinical sites to thrive in the ever-changing landscape of clinical research.
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