Hunter Walker, Chief Technology Officer, Atlantic Research Group

Don’t Let Weak Training Programs Discourage Embrace of New Technology

Clinical research professionals are showing an increasing interest in leveraging new technologies to streamline trials, but that enthusiasm can be dampened fast without the right kind of support and training, according to Hunter Walker, chief technology officer for the Atlantic Research Group (ARG). Walker offered his analysis this week at the Veeva 2018 R&D Summit […]

Tales of ‘Paying it Forward’ Abound in Clinical Research

The term “paying it forward” describes a perpetuation of kindness, wherein one person’s initial demonstration of charity or helpfulness to another inspires the recipient to, in turn, be kind to someone else in need. In clinical research, paying kindness forward manifests in such ways as mentoring colleagues, healing patients, and helping to resolve quality issues. […]

Jessica Thurmond, CRA, Sarah Cannon Research Institute

Inadequate Entry-Level Training Creates Staggering Personnel Turnover Rates

Lacking widespread formal training and development standards for newcomers, the clinical trial industry is thrashing about in something of a self-fulfilling prophecy when it comes to high staff turnover levels. Just ask Jessica Thurmond, a clinical research associate (CRA) with the Sarah Cannon Research Institute. Thurmond says she sees “[fledgling clinical research] coordinators [CRCs] thrown […]

New Survey Shows Patient Recruitment Challenges Continue to Plague Clinical Trials

Training, Standardization Viewed as Best Ways to Surmount Patient Recruitment Hurdles

Patient recruitment challenges continue to dog the clinical trial industry, according to a broad new survey featuring input on the integration of clinical research and healthcare from contract research organizations (CROs), mobile health/technology providers, academic/research institutions, sponsors, research sites, and hospitals. For those organizations working to raise the bar in terms of healthcare data operability, […]