Decentralized clinical trial technologies (DCTs) may include at least one of the following patient engagement components: wearable sensors to collect data from a patient, telemedicine, ePRO (electronic patient-reported outcomes), eConsent, and delivery of study devices, medication, as well as other supplies directly to patients through an RTSM (randomization and trial supply management system).
It doesn’t matter what elements are used in a clinical trial, a DCT usually incorporates the latest technologies to ensure patient safety, increase patient access to clinical trials, and drive better patient engagement.
Decentralized Clinical Trial Technologies
By providing a patient with different options on how they want to participate, whether remotely or at a trial site, a study team can make it convenient for patients to take part in your clinical trial and enhance the success of them complying with the protocol. Since DCTs have multiple definitions, discussing them can be confusing.
Most of the times sponsors are looking for an education on what DCTs encompass in practice – and clarifying what they’re looking for through real use cases can be very helpful.
When a sponsor or CRO wants to start working with DCTs, one of the first questions they usually ask is: what can an organization offer (from a technology standpoint) to support the protocol?
Besides this, tech vendors shouldn’t just have the technology, but they must also be familiar with the regulatory landscape in which the technology is deployed. For instance, a sponsor may be willing to deploy eConsent in countries they’ll be conducting their trials in.
However, it’s up to a company to know which ones will accept electronic signatures. CROs and sponsors should also know country-specific regulations, like the impact of screen sizes on questions and how questions are worded. They should also ensure that information and data from patient diaries are entered correctly.
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