By Alan Matuszak, Chief Technology Officer
Interoperability, connectivity, integrations – all terms that are used quite frequently in industries that rely on technology. The clinical research industry is no exception. But why do we talk about technology and integrations? And why is it so important for clinical trials?
Like many industries, clinical research has continued to evolve and with evolution has come innovation. The need for technology in clinical trials is a direct result of its complex nature. There are countless departments, stakeholders, points of data collection and processes – all of which rely on one another yet are often siloed. Technology has helped to streamline and connect these disparate segments in order to drive trial efficiency and clarity.
One hurdle that has arisen, however, is the introduction of numerous technology platforms. Sites especially have noted the multitude of technologies used across studies and even within a single study as being burdensome.