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Monthly News Roundup: July 2017

Welcome to the Medrio Monthly News Roundup, in which we brief you on a sample of events and developments taking place around the industry. This recurring update functions on popular demand – the stories in this post come from the articles in our social media feeds that garnered the most attention from our readers and followers. Your likes, clicks, and retweets decide which stories make it beyond your newsfeed and onto our blog.

This month, we bring you: the power of big data to catalyze medical discovery; how machine learning can unlock efficiencies in clinical research, and fun news for the caffeinated among us. Take a look, and tune in for the next roundup in a month!


1. Accelerating medical discovery with technology

The effects of the increasing use of technology have rippled throughout the healthcare sector in recent years. An article we recently shared discusses how technology has enabled medical researchers to gather larger amounts of data in shorter timeframes, thereby doubling the pace of medical discovery, according to a new study. A lot of this technology has taken the form of wearables and mobile apps, which have also been widely discussed as vehicles for patient engagement – this study, though, ties it directly to accelerated learning in the medical community.


2. Machine learning in clinical trials

In early July, published an article similarly themed around tech in medical research – this one, however, focused not on mobile devices but on machine learning, and its potential to optimize clinical trials. The article notes the delicate nature of clinical trial timelines, and that even slight delays can have a major impact. Against this backdrop, it posits that automation can help streamline processes like patient eligibility screening, site selection, and others. It can even have an effect on internal functions such as the hiring process for principal investigators.


3. Much to the delight of coffee lovers…
Beyond research on drugs and other medical products, we shared an article on a study that could perk up the ears of coffee drinkers. Extensive research has shown that drinking a moderate amount of coffee on a daily basis does not have adverse health effects – and that it may even extend our longevity. Conclusions like these can, of course, change after further research is conducted, but in the meantime, this is nice news for any study administrators with a long day of form building ahead of them. Bottoms up!


That’s all for this roundup! We’ll have three more stories for you next month. In the meantime, check out this blog every week for new insights into EDC and clinical research.



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