Building Electronic Clinical Trials is Grueling and Slow—Recent Survey

Bio-itworld.com: By Ann Neuer, May 22, 2012.

The tedious process of building an electronic clinical trial is a stubborn bottleneck requiring too much time and too many resources. Those are the topline results of a 2011 survey conducted at two annual meetings—the Drug Information Association (DIA) and the Society for Clinical Data Management (SCDM). Cmed Technology, a UK-based provider of eClinical solutions developed and administered the survey, which resulted in 87 respondents from 55 companies. To get unbiased results and to focus on those with knowledge of what it takes to build an electronic clinical trial, Cmed eliminated respondents who identified themselves as sales people or employees or customers of Cmed. 

Survey results supported the widely held notion that building an electronic clinical trial is a lengthy process, but what was surprising was how long it actually takes. “We asked about all four phases of clinical research, and no one—literally zero—reported building a trial in less than two weeks. This takes into account the fact that Phase I trials often take only a few weeks to conduct,” says Jim Haughwout, vice president of product, marketing and sales at Cmed. 

According to the survey, 35% of electronic trials require more than eight weeks to build, and nearly two-thirds take six weeks or longer. Some 40% of Phase II and Phase III trials needed more than eight weeks to build, with a few spiralling upwards to 26 weeks.   Read more