Uptake of Technology Tools Gaining Traction for Boosting Clinical Trial Performance

Shree Kalluri, Founder and CEO, Forte Systems

Shree Kalluri, Founder and CEO, Forte Research Systems

Adoption of technology in a wide swath of clinical trial operations is on the rise because systems are becoming more nimble and affordable, says Shree Kalluri, founder and CEO of Forte Research Systems, a clinical operations company that provides technology and services to help research sites, cancer centers, and academic institutions streamline clinical research operations based in Madison, WI.

“In the past, systems were built after the fact and mostly used for recordkeeping,” Kalluri says. Today, more and more of those systems are being built into existing workflows, improving them by knocking down silos and sharing information in real-time between departments and tasks.

In a best-case scenario, for example, recordkeeping “talks” to billing (e.g., when a milestone is reached it triggers an invoice), Kalluri says.

While about 10% of those surveyed still use “home-grown” systems, nearly 90% leverage vendor solutions, according to the just-released Forte Systems “State of the Industry Survey 2017.”

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Slightly more than one quarter (26.47%) of clinical trial operations report using performance metrics to consistently inform decisions. More than half (52.8%) said they did so “somewhat.” The remainder either didn’t use metrics or didn’t collect them at all.

More than 70% said they “consistently” or “somewhat” regularly use technology for clinical research. Kalluri expects that number to rise exponentially in the next few years.

The survey was conducted between March 20 and April 7. From among the 902 respondents, nearly a third were research coordinators and about 18% fell into a catch-all category including clinical research nurses and project managers. Administration, management, data monitoring, finance, recruitment, research compliance, and monitoring personnel rounded out the bulk of the total survey respondents. Nearly one third (32.7%) of respondents worked in academic medical centers, and about one quarter (25.6%) worked at research sites.

Author: Michael Causey