Blog: Electronic Data Capture


3 Reasons Cybersecurity Has Become a Top Concern in Clinical Research

The intersection of technology and healthcare has major implications, ranging from encouraging to ominous, for innumerable interested parties. Technological innovators and enthusiastic adoptees tout the potential for technology to improve care and accelerate the development of new treatments and even cures – and they’re not wrong to do so. Part of this, however, is the unavoidable reality that the good…

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The Advantages of CRO-EDC Unity

There’s something endearing about businesses with regular customers. Personal touches, like the business knowing, by heart, things like a customer’s first name and regular order, soften the colder, more transactional nature of their relationship. Ask someone for an example of a type of business that has relationships like these, and she’ll likely cite some neighborhood-oriented establishment, like a restaurant or…

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Assessing eClinical Tools for Complex Clinical Trials

It’s a time of great evolution for clinical research. Recent years have seen a major expansion in the size and scope of industry operations. It’s increasingly common for clinical trials to cross borders, oceans, and continents.1 Studies and datasets are bigger, and protocols are more complex.2 All of this makes for a more intricate research environment than previous generations of…

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3 Ways to Avoid the Hidden Costs of EDC Training and Support

It has now been several decades since EDC was first introduced as a tool for data management in clinical trials. In that time, boosted by continuous developments and enhancements, the technology has grown from a somewhat esoteric alternative to paper to a standard considered essential throughout most of the industry. Without thorough and comprehensive training and support resources, though, it…

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Saving Time with an Efficient EDC Interface

Over the years, the clinical research industry has developed various methods for accessing crucial time savings. Much has been published, for example, on strategies for enhancing patient recruitment, a process that is notoriously vulnerable to delays. EDC, of course, is another major source of these savings. Range checks, for example, allow users to correct errors immediately; once data is transferred…

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What Does the Chan Zuckerberg Biohub Mean for EDC?

Medical research has seen a great deal of high-profile philanthropic investment in recent years. Last year, for example, tech billionaire Sean Parker made a $250 million donation to further the development of immunotherapy. Most recently, the Chan Zuckerberg Biohub has made headlines by announcing plans to invest $3 billion in new research over the next 10 years. The investment is…

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How ARG Used an API Integration to Meet a Challenge Head-On

One of our favorite things to see, here at Medrio, is a customer combining our eClinical offerings with their own savvy and ingenuity to enhance their operations and overcome challenges. So when Atlantic Research Group, a CRO and longtime Medrio customer, used our application programming interface (API) to integrate Medrio’s EDC with the interactive response technology (IRT) solution provided by…

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5 Ways EDC Reports can Protect your Timelines

The adage “time is money” is as pertinent to clinical research as to any other corner of the business world. The longer a study drags on, the bigger its price tag becomes. Study timelines can be a source of much anxiety for researchers, creating the markets for time-saving innovations like EDC, eSource, and risk-based monitoring. Recent trends are not easing…


Making EDC Accessible to Everyone

Electronic data capture for clinical trials is a multi-billion-dollar industry1 that has brought demonstrable benefits to all phases of clinical research. Still, the portion of clinical trials collecting and managing their data on paper is too large to ignore. As recently as 2015, Open Health News reported that less than half of all new clinical trials were using EDC. And…

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How to Keep Headaches Small as Phase I Trials Get Big

Statistics suggest that Phase I clinical trials, while by no means free of challenges, are more manageable than later phases. They tend to take less time and cost less money; the drugs they test have a comfortable 70% chance of moving on to the next phase.1 These figures are a reprieve from some of the realities that make Phase I…


Addressing Safety in Phase I

The purpose of a Phase I trial is to test a new drug or treatment on human subjects for the first time in order to determine its safety, evaluate side effects, and ascertain the correct dosage level. It is important to ensure that each drug or device being tested is safe before moving forward with the next phase. Unfortunately, it…

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Looking Back: 5 Stories from 2016 (infographic)

2016 has been a big year for clinical research. There have been challenges and setbacks, opportunities and advancements. As the year draws to a close, we thought we’d look back on some of the events that have made it such a memorable one, as well as take stock of where we are as the new year approaches. When all is…


Why Real-Time Edit Checks are More Important than Ever

Modern clinical trials can be sprawling networks of clinics, people, and data. They can span borders and oceans. They utilize various communication channels. And they involve a multitude of interested parties, including patients, researchers, and other staff. In undertaking such complex trials, in can be difficult to provide sufficient oversight to ensure the quality of the most important and fundamental…


Beating Connectivity Gaps with Offline Data Entry

Like it has with most aspects of our lives, the internet has revolutionized the process of capturing and managing data for clinical trials. Electronic data capture (EDC), which has provided a reliable and manageable alternative to paper for the storage of patient data, has begun to shift toward cloud services, significantly expanding researchers’ abilities to share and access clinical data.…


How Dictionary Coding Can Enhance Phase I

Many of the challenges in clinical research stem from the experience gap between researchers and their patients. The research teams who conduct clinical trials do so with years of specialized education and training under their belt, while most participants journey through the patient experience as laypeople. This disparity creates a mandate for the development of strategies and tools that can…

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At Ancillarie, Medrio Makes Study Build Easy, Even for New Data Managers

It’s not often that two clinical data managers who are years apart in their experience feel equally at ease during a clinical trial. But this is precisely what took place at Ancillarie, a support services company that has been serving pharmaceutical and biotechnology companies since 2012. In 2013, seeking an electronic data capture (EDC) system to catalyze their clinical research,…


ER Squared, Founded by an EDC Pioneer, Recommends Medrio for Animal Health

ER Squared is a life sciences consulting firm whose clientele includes, but is not limited to, pharmaceutical, biotech, and animal health companies. ER Squared’s EDC team has experience that spans the 3 decades of EDC systems, including the industry’s first adoption of EDC for 100% of domestic and international clinical trials. So when a client recently appealed to their expertise…

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Integrated Resources Uses Medrio to Reduce Study Build Time to One Day

Integrated Resources, an innovative and fast-growing CRO based in Cambridge, Massachusetts, was recently tasked with building a single-ascending-dose Phase I study of a drug to treat a rare disease, Mucopolysaccharidosis type I (MPS I). The CRO is conducting the study with Medrio’s mCore, an all-inclusive product suitable for use in all clinical phases. The study is complex, with two cohorts…


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How eSource Cuts Costs

The frenzy of technological development currently taking the research industry by storm has worked wonders in the way of modernizing clinical trials. Much of this, as we discussed last week, entails the utilization of technology developed outside the industry, such as social media, to enhance patient engagement and other aspects of clinical research. But the clinical research industry’s technological savvy…


Exploring 3 Recent Healthcare Investment Trends

Recent years have seen monumental developments across the healthcare landscape. New technology is rapidly changing the way we treat and study disease. Changes in dietary trends and other lifestyle factors can cause spikes in some diseases and conditions while sending others the way of the dodo. With changing trends in health and sickness come changing investment trends in medical research.…


Medrio Quick Facts

As eClinical data management continues its march toward becoming the norm in clinical research, the landscape becomes increasingly populated with companies offering EDC. It can be difficult for EDC providers to stand out among broadening competition. Here at Medrio, we’ve grown with the times and created a model that has kept us unique as the industry develops. Here’s a quick…

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eSource: Delivering the Knockout Punch to Paper

As the eClinical industry thrives, it’s easy to imagine the wisdom of EDC catching on and a new, paperless norm being established. After all, the burdens of paper-based data management–high cost, slow study build, and cumbersome SDV, just to name a few–have been well-documented on this very blog. With the superiority of EDC so far beyond dispute, shouldn’t paper be,…


The Rise of eClinical: What Opportunities Are Presented?

In December of 2014, Sandra Freeman, writing for Applied Clinical Trials, predicted that 2015 would prove to be the year of eClinical, with a reduction in paper usage and a rise in eSignatures resulting in faster study start-up time1. According to Globe Newswire, by 2020, eClinical will be a nearly $6 billion-industry2. All this points to what is, for many,…


Harnessing the Power of eSource for your Clinical Trials

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Understanding Phase I

Infographic: Understanding Phase I Clinical Trials

Developing an FDA approved drug or device is a long and expensive process. Researchers and pharmaceutical companies spend years bringing a drug to your medicine cabinet. Most drugs that undergo preclinical research never make it past this phase. The ones that do make it have to go through three phases of human testing before they are presented to the FDA…


Proven: Medrio is the Right Choice for Phase I

Bringing a drug from the clinical trial stages to market is a long and expensive process, which is why sponsors often streamline the process by outsourcing their clinical trial management to contract research organizations (CROs). ClinDART, a small CRO based in San Diego, provides its pharmaceutical, biotech, and medical device company clients with the necessary flexibility, extensive knowledge, and expertise…


Addressing Safety in Phase I Clinical Trials

The purpose of conducting a Phase I trial is to test a new drug or treatment on human subjects for the first time in order to determine its safety, evaluate side effects, and ascertain the correct dosage level.  It is important to be sure that each drug or device that is being tested is safe before moving forward with the…


The Frightening Cost of Paper (Infographic)

Electronic data capture (EDC) has been an available solution for data management in clinical trials for the past decade. During this time, EDC has proven to be more efficient, straightforward, and less expensive than the alternative: paper. Efficient use of resources is especially important to Early Stage and Phase I studies, where budgets are small and timelines are tight. With…


Phase I Collaboration: PharPoint Research & Medrio CloudEDC™

In our last article with PharPoint Research, we discussed how being first to market is essential, as first-movers usually acquire significantly greater market share. Having a contract research organization (CRO) that guarantees fast timelines, while simultaneously mitigating the risk of errors, means deadlines will be met and provides a clear competitive advantage (something that can be difficult in this industry).…

Infographic: An Illustrated History of EDC

Click below to explore our infographic timeline of EDC’s evolution over the past 50 years, from paper and snail mail to cloud computing.

Accelerating Clinical Trials: A Rich Reward

The commonly accepted figure for sales of a new drug is $1M per day. Thus, every day saved in bringing a new drug to market yields significant returns. As days turn into weeks, months, and years, the additional earnings add up and become massive. A few months can make the all-important difference between first and second to market. The industry move from…

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