CROs Look to Leverage Tech Advances to Reduce Risks, Improve Trials


You’d have to search pretty hard to find a contract research organization (CRO) that doesn’t want to appear to be on the lookout for ways to adopt modern clinical applications to boost efficiency, collaboration, and overall quality. That’s one takeaway from a new survey from Veeva, which found each of the 58 CROs responding saying such progressiveness was part of their strategy, with 90% saying they’ve already got some form of initiative in place.

CROs also expressed a clear desire to improve their use of clinical trial management systems (CTMSs) in study operations. Proactive risk mitigation was the top driver for CTMS use at 76%, followed by better study analytics, reporting, and greater overall visibility at around 60% each.

CROs report having made progress in their efforts to modernize trial process with “purpose-built” applications like electronic trial master files. Big drivers there are the need to be always inspection-ready at 69%, automatic document tracking and reporting at 62%, and the desire to decrease costs at 52%.

Study start-up is a top area of focus for CROs, the study found. Nearly 80% have, or plan to have, programs to speed study start-up, reduce the use of spreadsheets and manual processes, and/or improve collaboration with study partners.

CROs are ahead of sponsors when it comes to adoption clinical trial applications—especially when it comes to study start-up (33% versus 17%, respectively) and CTMS (66% versus 54%, respectively).

Author: Michael Causey

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