Clinical EDC, or clinical Electronic Data Capture, is a fairly straightforward concept. It captures clinical trial data electronically and stores it for future access. However, Understanding how clinical data is captured and processed isn’t as simple. In this article we take a take a closer look at the process.
For instance, the EDC system is designed to collect data involved in clinical trials in electronic form instead of paper form. However, today EDC systems are used in one of two ways: data is captured electronically at its source or it is captured in paper form and later transformed into electronic form.
Intelligent Electronic Data Capture
Modern EDC systems such as ClinicalPURSUIT offer features like the intelligent EDC which means that the data is captured and checked right at the source for any errors. This technology uses smart logic configurations in the EDC software to identify potential data errors before it even enters the database.
These errors could be minor typing mistakes or impossible, out-of-bounds values. However, intelligent capture means that such mistakes are identified and corrected at the source. Such a feature gives clinical researchers clean and high-quality data, every single time.
Electronic Patient-Reported Outcomes (ePRO)
Clinical trials also have to rely on patient-reported outcomes (ePRO) which may be data entered by the patients directly or obtained through a specialized device or application. With this feature, clinical researchers can capture and process patient-reported data accurately and quickly.
In other words, Electronic Data Capture lets clinical researchers leverage technology to capture and analyze clinical trial data in an efficient, streamlined, and accurate manner. The trial data is captured and analyzed electronically and the use of advanced features enables accurate and clean data.