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CRO’s Guide to Enabling Virtual Clinical Trial Solutions

COVID-19 completely flipped the world of clinical trials on its head. While the pandemic has put many facets of daily life on pause, clinical trials have not stood still. CROs are called upon to deliver quick solutions in these unprecedented times to navigate site closures, changing regulations, and enabling virtual clinical trial solutions.  

Interrupted studies and delays in new trials pose challenges for patients, sites, and all key stakeholders throughout the entire clinical trial journey. When CROs invest in technology that delivers a broad range of virtualization solutions, they put themselves in the best position to respond to the various needs of sponsors.

A CRO’s ability to rethink which technologies and data solutions to employ can fuel performance and put them and their sponsors in an ideal position to thrive in the event of future disruptions. 

This four-part blog series highlights the main steps CROs can take to start, scale, and accelerate hybrid or virtual clinical trial efforts in the age of COVID-19 and beyond. 

Step 1: Adapt to Sponsors’ Desired Levels of Virtual Clinical Trials

The first step is adapting to sponsors’ desired levels of virtualization. A platform-as-a-service approach can help CROs combat changing requirements and barriers in the virtual trial space. Read the full blog here.

Step 2: Be A Site Enabler Through Virtual Clinical Trial Oversight and Remote Monitoring

The second step CROs can take is to support sponsors in clinical trial oversight activities.  Medidata offers several products to support remote oversight activities including Medidata Detect and Medidata Remote Source Review. These products enable clinical trial continuity by enabling remote data quality review as compared to traditional onsite monitoring activities. Read the full blog here.

Step 3: How CROs Can Power Patient Enrollment and Retention In Virtual Trials

The third step of properly transitioning to remote clinical trial participation is to power patient participation and centricity. Patient enrollment and retention have been particularly challenging during COVID-19. To encourage participation, mitigate burden, and lower dropout rates, CROs must wisely select patient-centric technology that can easily be integrated into patients’ daily lives. Medidata offers four products that tackle these issues: myMedidata, Rave eCOA, Sensor Cloud, and Rave eConsent. To read the rest of the blog and learn how these tools contribute to patient centricity, click here.

Step 4: How CROs Can Use a Unified Platform for Virtual Clinical Trials

The final step for CROs to successfully transition to using virtual clinical trial solutions is taking the lead in growth and transformation. Quick adaptation to unprecedented challenges is the primary component for optimal performance and growth. This blog highlights the benefits a unified platform approach offers CROs. To learn more, check out the final blog in this series here.

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