Match.coms of clinical trials make it easier to connect patients, researchers 6/19/2012

Eighty percent of clinical trials are delayed at least one month because of unfulfilled enrollment, according to Cutting Edge Information. That means additional time and additional costs for trial sponsors.

Some have gotten creative in finding ways to let physicians know about clinical trials that might benefit their patients — through an app, for example, or with trial alerts delivered through EMRs — but more are starting to skip the middlemen and go straight to patients, offering free, searchable databases that match patients with appropriate clinical trials.

The formula for these recruiting sites is pretty standard: Aggregate sometimes-incomplete data, fill in missing data, develop a search algorithm and filter, and organize the data for certain audiences. Read more