The relationship between sponsors and contract research organizations (CROs) is strengthening as outsourcing becomes a clinical trial norm. It is important for the CRO to have a good working relationship with sites in order to ensure that the trial is successful, particularly in the study startup phase, as clinical trials are increasingly expensive and time-consuming endeavors.
Key factors that influence a good relationship and where clinical trial software can help are:
- Targeted Site Selection
- Digitized Feasibility
- Enhanced Site Collaboration and Communication
- Process and Performance Transparency
Targeted Site Selection
More complex protocols require more precise site selection. Devana’s PROPEL technology allows for CROs to perform automated queries during site selection to determine the right sites or investigators based on the requirements of the protocol. PROPEL allows CROs to store the site and investigator performance and capabilities data that can be managed and updated by the sites, in real-time, allowing for more accurate site selection. Sponsors can be confident that the sites selected by the CRO will be capable of meeting performance expectations, resulting in better study outcomes.
While feasibility questionnaires are certainly a critical piece to selecting the right sites for a trial, the entire process, as it is today, is a bit archaic. Devana is revolutionizing the feasibility process by allowing CROs to submit a digitized feasibility to the sites selected for each trial. Say goodbye to outdated PDFs and third-party websites. This digital feasibility will pre-populate information that typically remains the same, trial to trial, such as the site’s location and contact information, but allows for the CROs to receive new, trial-specific data such as subject population criteria. The sites can review their previously submitted data for accuracy and respond to any new inquiries, resulting in a speedier feasibility process and a lower cost for the Sponsor.
Enhanced Site Collaboration and Communication
In addition to improving the feasibility process, Devana took it a step further by creating a threaded communication feed between the sites and CROs within the PROPEL platform. If a Sponsor reaches out to a CRO about a trial in bid-defense, needing to quickly know the potential subject pool for a particular indication, the CRO can instantly push out a mass communication to the sites and gather their responses within the platform. No more cumbersome calls or emails to track. Just the same, if a CRO submits a site for a trial, the site can review the details and provide feedback to the CRO or ask questions related to the protocol. It’s a win-win for all involved, the site, the CRO and the Sponsor, since this connectivity allows for more efficient communication throughout the entire clinical trial process.
Process and Performance Transparency
Another important aspect of a good working relationship between Sponsors and CROs is process and performance transparency. The entire clinical trial process, from study startup through close-out, produces a lot of key data. By using PROPEL, CROs have real-time views into the trial, by site, to know exactly where the trial is at any given time. The ability to quickly obtain this data and provide to Sponsors is critical to the swift and successful execution of a trial and the ability to mitigate risk.
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