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Paper Patient-Reported Outcomes? Really?!?

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Why in this day and age, with people connected 24x7 via their smartphones, do studies still use paper to capture patient-reported outcomes (PROs)? While traditional electronic patient-reported outcomes (ePRO) vendors have focused on the more industrial reporting challenges, up to half of studies still use paper leading to suboptimal data quality. Existing ePRO solutions do not offer the return on investment (ROI) necessary to justify use for many studies so sponsors and contract research organizations (CROs) resort to the old standby, paper. Finally, there is a real alternative. Medidata Patient Cloud is as simple to use and deploy as paper, it’s eSource and it offers a compelling business case. In this video, ICON clinical data management systems (CDMS) lead Chris Tyers offers his thoughts regarding the use of Patient Cloud.

.@Brock_Heinz Novartis exec described opportunity to correlate passive data w/ PROs. But at the end of the day, isn't it about how pt feels? — David McNierney (@davidmcnierney) July 23, 2014

.@Brock_Heinz True! Excellent article from @ivsin underscores burden of PROs themselves; mhealth can lighten burden — David McNierney (@davidmcnierney) July 23, 2014

*Guest blogger David McNierney is a product and solutions marketing director at Medidata. You can reach David by email or follow him on Twitter @davidmcnierney. TWEET THIS:

With people connected to their smartphones 24x7, why do studies still use paper to capture patient-reported outcomes? — Medidata (@Medidata) July 21, 2014

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