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Breaking Barriers in Clinical Research: Tackling Site Challenges

Currently, sites face many challenges that can impact their efficiency and effectiveness. From navigating Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) mandates to meeting increasing recruitment expectations and overcoming technological hurdles, the road is fraught with obstacles. Yet, innovative technology solutions are paving the way for a smoother journey.

Navigating DEI Mandates

DEI mandates aim to ensure that clinical research is inclusive and reflects the diversity of the population it intends to serve. While these mandates are crucial for ethical and scientific accuracy, they place an additional layer of complexity on research sites. Ensuring a diverse participant pool requires more extensive outreach and engagement strategies, often demanding resources that sites may find challenging to allocate.

Additionally, sites are tasked with retaining these patient populations, which brings about its own set of challenges. Leveraging patient-friendly technology, created to be a digital safe space for end users, can assist in retaining diverse patient populations. 

Meeting Sponsor Expectations

Sponsors are looking for more than just data; they want high-quality results delivered efficiently and effectively. This includes faster enrolment rates, better participant retention, and rigorous data collection standards. For research sites, this means constantly adapting to evolving protocols and managing an ever-increasing workload without compromising data quality.

Furthermore, sites are under enormous recruitment pressure. Some of this pressure can be alleviated by technology designed to retain more patients for the duration of the study. Retention strategies must be deployed with recruitment efforts to reduce site and sponsor burden and deliver better trial outcomes. 

Overcoming Technological Hurdles

The integration of technology into clinical research offers a solution that also presents its own set of challenges:

  • Training: Staff need to be trained on new systems, which can be time-consuming and require ongoing support.
  • Support: Adequate support must be available to address technical issues promptly to avoid delays in research activities.
  • Deployment: Introducing new technology into existing workflows can be disruptive if not managed carefully.
  • Efficiency: The technology must genuinely improve efficiency without adding unnecessary complexity.

Datacubed Health’s Solutions

Datacubed Health is at the forefront of addressing these challenges. We leverage our Site Advisory Board to ensure that the solutions are not only innovative but also seamlessly integrate into existing site workflows.

Adapting to DEI and Sponsor Expectations: By facilitating more efficient participant engagement and data collection, our technology enables sites to meet the diverse needs of their sponsors and adhere to DEI mandates more effectively. This is achieved through tools that support a wider reach and ensure more inclusive participant engagement.

Addressing Technological Challenges: 

  • Training: Solutions are designed to be intuitive, reducing the learning curve and the need for extensive training. However, we offer live and On-Demand training sessions for our sites.
  • Support: A robust support system ensures that sites can access timely assistance, minimizing disruptions.
  • Deployment: The emphasis on integrating existing workflows makes the deployment less disruptive.
  • Efficiency: The tools are designed to streamline processes, from participant enrollment to data collection, making research activities more efficient.

The Benefits of Embracing Technology

For clinical research sites, adopting technology like that offered by Datacubed Health can significantly reduce the burden they face. It enables more efficient study conduct, from faster participant recruitment to streamlined data collection and analysis. This helps meet the evolving demands of sponsors and ensures that research can be conducted more inclusively and ethically, aligning with DEI mandates.

Moreover, technology can alleviate many of the logistical challenges associated with clinical trials, allowing research staff to focus more on the core aspects of their work rather than being bogged down by administrative tasks. This increased efficiency can lead to faster completion of studies, which benefits sponsors, participants, and the broader community awaiting new medical solutions.

Contact Datacubed Health today to learn more.