The benefits of using an clinical EDC system instead of paper CRFs are well documented. However, there are key clinical EDC features which you should be careful not to ignore. Not every EDC software system is the same and with the wide variety of options available, there are certain things you should look for.
For instance, some EDC systems offer only the basic functionalities whereas there are more advanced systems available as well that offer tons of features and integrations.
Whether your trial is simple or complex, whether it’s in Phase 1 or 4, these are the three key features you should look for in an EDC system:
1. Rapid Deployment
Studies estimate that using an EDC system can reduce the trial time by 61% on average. However, saving time is all about ensuring that your study is developed and deployed rapidly.
Rapid study development is a feature that will always come in handy because it lets you create CRFs in just minutes, saving you valuable time. Such a feature is handy for all trials, simple or complex.
2. Intelligent Data Capture
Electronic data capture takes away the hassle of managing paper forms but you’re still prone to errors polluting your data. However, intelligent electronic data capture uses smart logic configurations to identify potential errors in your data before it even enters the database.
In other words, it identifies mistakes such as typos or impossible values so you don’t have to check and validate the data over and over. With intelligent EDC, you can get accurate, clean, and pristine data every time without the hassle of double-checking.
3. Intuitive Dashboard
The EDC system you employ will only be truly useful if everyone on your team can use it easily. Some EDC systems are hard to grasp while others are designed to be intuitive and are easy to master with minimal training.
Intuitive dashboards allow users to easily navigate the platform and use all the features to the maximum to streamline data management and optimize all operations.