EDC software has proven to be a necessity in modern clinical trial research and is a key element supporting data management activities in clinical trials. Here we feature an infographic depicting some of the most common clinical electronic data capture myths. [Click image for full size version]
Here we debunk some of the common myths associated with electronic data capture or EDC as it relates to clinical trials.
Myth #1: EDC Software is Hard to Use
- Using EDC software make sure studies runs smoother and faster. As opposed to popular belief, setting up and deploying software is easy, especially with Clinical Pursuit’s intelligent EDC functionality.
Myth #2: EDC Software is Expensive
- With the introduction of the cloud, EDC has become more and more affordable. Make sure you choose a vendor that allows you to pay overtime, versus incorporating heavy upfront fees.
Myth #3: EDC Software Makes it Easier for Mistakes to Occur
- Clinical PURSUIT’s EDC software helps detect mistakes like outliers and typos, as they occur, protecting your data from corruption which can take months to detect and fix.
Myth #4: I can save money if I use paper
- For smaller, simple studies of say 10 or 20 patients and a single study site, it may be practical to consider paper. With just a few patients and a smaller number of data points, it may in fact be more cost-effective to use paper and to analyze the data in an excel spreadsheet. However, if the study captures a larger number of data points and if the data will be used for a regulatory registration – the cost savings may be lost quickly as data management and regulatory filing costs become greater – due to the complexity of working with a volume of paper.