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A Look Inside mSquared, Medrio’s Biggest Event of the Year

The stakes are high in clinical research. The results of a clinical trial can have major implications for public health, and success in those trials rests, in large part, on the assurance that data is protected, accurate, and collected rapidly. It should be obvious, then, that a major responsibility of an EDC provider is to stay closely attuned to the…

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What Does Quality Mean in Medical Device Clinical Trials?

We’ve written a lot about the evolving nature of clinical research and the new challenges it has presented to the industry, such as increasing complexity of study designs and greater prevalence of international studies. These changes are by no means exclusive to pharma – a recent article appearing in MasterControl outlines the ways in which trends like these, as well…

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The Road to a Smarter EDC Workflow

At long last, the electronic data capture (EDC) industry is showing signs of evolving beyond the challenges that stem from traditional pricing models and workflows. Here’s a scenario you may find familiar if you’re a veteran EDC user: During your vendor selection process, you’re in discussions with a company that promises a monthly subscription cost significantly lower than any of…

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3 Insights into Medical Device Regulations from MAGI West

Back in November, MAGI’s Clinical Research Conference came to the Fairmont Hotel in San Francisco, California. Considering the wealth of insight on the agenda related to clinical trial technology, regulatory issues, and more, as well as the conference’s convenient location – Medrio’s headquarters is just about a mile down the street from the Fairmont – the decision to attend was…

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Our Role in Healthcare’s Cloud Revolution

If data were absolutely crucial to the success of your business, and someone offered you a way to store, access, and analyze it that’s faster, better, and cheaper than what you’ve been doing for decades, chances are you’d switch. So it’s no surprise that healthcare-related businesses have joined the revolution and switched from on-premise IT infrastructures to cloud computing. What,…

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Why Is Study Build Still Taking So Long?

The Tufts Center for the Study of Drug Development released its 2017 eClinical Landscape Study last month, and among the results is a troubling statistic: Companies conducting clinical trials are taking an average of 68 days to build their studies, with 77% of survey respondents reporting problems entering data into their electronic data capture (EDC) solution. This comes at a…

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Monthly News Roundup: October 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…

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What EDC Means at the End of the Day

Shorter timelines, budget savings, easier data management—these are proven benefits of electronic data capture (EDC) for all phases of clinical research. Yet by continuing to use paper-based data capture, as of 2015, more than half of all new clinical trials were missing out on those benefits. That’s unfortunate – but what’s even more unfortunate is that the cost- and time-savings…

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How a Data Management Challenge Becomes a Success Story

Clinical trials are susceptible to all kinds of unforeseen changes: protocol amendments, patient attrition – even a mid-study switch to a new EDC. This was the challenge the research consultants at Study Builders faced after the EDC originally selected by their study sponsor fell short of meeting their needs. In the midst of a time-sensitive Phase 0 study, the decision…

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Immunotherapy Research: The Ups and Downs

Nearly two years after we first posted about it, immunotherapy remains one of the biggest buzz generators in clinical research and drug development. This is no surprise – the industry seems to truly believe in the potential of immunotherapy to revolutionize cancer treatment, and sees in it a largely untapped market full of territory yet to be claimed. As a…

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Monthly News Roundup: August 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…

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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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What Can eSource Do for Patient Engagement?

Modern eClinical tools like eSource-equipped tablet apps are great for site staff and other clinical researchers. How can they help cater to the needs and priorities of clinical trial patients as well? Our infographic offers some insight. Thanks for reading! If you enjoyed this post, we invite you to check out an article we published in International Clinical Trials exploring…

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Addressing Clinical Trial Infrastructure Challenges

The last several years have seen a number of high-profile disease outbreaks across the developing world. Ebola struck three West African nations in 2014, mobilizing the World Health Organization and bringing doctors from around the world to the affected areas. The following year, the Zika virus spread throughout major portions of Latin America, with significant impact reaching as far north…

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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…

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Monthly News Roundup: June 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…

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The Benefits of Integration-Ready eClinical

The growing complexity of clinical research has been met, in tandem, by an explosion of eClinical tools enabling researchers to manage that complexity. Electronic data capture (EDC) has optimized data management. Clinical trial management, a sprawling undertaking, is reined in by CTMS. Trial master files (TMF) have gone electronic. As a player in the eClinical market, Medrio is, of course,…

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Monthly News Roundup: May 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…

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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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Monthly News Roundup: April 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…

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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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Paper in Clinical Trials: No Trivial Problem

When it comes to data management in clinical trials, paper is not just an inconvenience – it’s a liability. The advent of eClinical technology is not driven solely by the discomfort of working in an office full of stacks of paper. Rather, the eClinical revolution is about data security, timelines, and budgets. The ability of CROs to meet their sponsors’…

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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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Monthly News Roundup: January 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…

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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…

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Educating Tomorrow’s Clinical Researchers

A drug’s journey from proof of concept to FDA approval is a years-long, far-reaching process in which healthcare, business and government each play important roles. For aspiring clinical researchers hoping to navigate this sprawling field, there’s certainly a lot to learn. We thought we’d take a look at a pair of initiatives educating students in healthcare and pharmacology in the…

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Monthly News Roundup: September 2016

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…

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Following Up on Industry Predictions

Late last December, Clinical Leader published an interview with Jonathan Zung, a 20-year pharma veteran who built his career at a number of major companies, including some who have collaborated with Medrio. In it, he offered some predictions as to which clinical research trends he expected to take off in the new year. As we now enter the home stretch…