If you are new or still learning how clinical EDC Works, this educational video will help! In this video we quickly explain what a clinical electronic data capture (EDC) system is, and how it is used to efficiently collect data during a clinical trial.
What is a clinical data capture (EDC) system?
EDC, or Electronic Data Capture, is an electronic data software that stores information about patients and new treatment effects during a clinical trial. The patient data is first collected via paper and then transcribed into a computer or tablet. The data is then saved in an electronic case report form (eCRF). At the end of a clinical trial, study staff members called “Monitors” visit the clinical sites (doctors’ offices and healthcare facilities) and “verify” that the data input into the EDC matches what is on paper. This step is call Source Data Verification or “SDV” for short.
EDC systems offer many advantages over other methods of clinical trial data management which is why clinical researchers are leveraging this technology. EDC systems offer quick, real-time access to data which ensures that any potential issues associated with a clinical trial can be discovered an addressed quickly.
Effects of Covid-19
Due to COVID-19, the way EDC is uses is rapidly developing to allow data to be collected remotely. With the benefits of Electronic Medical Records (EMR), a large number of health facilities and clinical researchers are now shifting from paper records to electronic data storage systems to store the source data. This allows the data “Monitors” to review the source data remotely, rather than having to physically visit a study site.