5 Clinical Trial Software Trends for 2018

Today’s clinical trial software makes running a trial more efficient than ever, but with so many different systems, there’s always room for improvement. Technology also has a key role to play in improving patient centricity, which we’re sure is at the top of every clinical research professional’s list of New Year’s resolutions.

Here are our top predictions for updates you’ll see to clinical trial software in the coming year. Keep them in mind as you’re shopping around for a new system or looking to update your current setup.

Interactive Web Response Systems (IWRS) will become more engaging for patients.

In addition to managing patient randomization and drug supplies, today’s Interactive Response Technology (IRT) may also include patient engagement features you can set up at the same time as your trial. For example, you can send patients newsletters about their condition, study reminders, and other content to keep them interested and informed throughout your trial. Look for companies that offer a suite of options for easily connecting with your patients.

Everyday tools like Randomization and Trial Supply Management (RTSM) technology will come with more bells and whistles.

In a crowded marketplace, RTSM companies will add additional features to stand out so you can keep track of even more details of your clinical trial. For example, this year Parexel announced a new feature on its mobile app that allows sites to track at what temperatures drug supplies were kept throughout their journey to your site. Companies have also introduced technology that promises to improve how quickly your trial can be set up. 4G Clinical, for example, employs natural language processing so you can simply write out your protocol and feed it into the system for setup.

Patients will bring their own devices to more trials.

More personal devices will be used in clinical trials in 2018. With the rise of electronic patient reported outcomes (ePRO), more trials are setting patients up with apps that allow them to track symptoms in between visits on their own devices. This trend helps save money, and improves the patient’s experience at the same time.

We’ll see more digital clinical trials.

More trial sponsors are seeing digital clinical trials as a way to improve patient centricity in clinical trials while saving on costs and collecting better data. Even if a trial just has some digital elements, such as replacing one site visit with a digital report, it can still help patients save time and provide them with a better experience.

Electronic Health Records (EHRs) will play more of a role in clinical research.

EHRs contain information that can be valuable in both study design and patient recruitment. Because EHRs were not designed with clinical research in mind, though, adoption of EHRs as part of trials has been slow. One interesting area that we may see EHRs used in more is study feasibility. With EHR data, sponsors can better understand a patient population before making decisions. At the recruitment level, integration between a clinical trial search tool and an EHR would make it much easier for doctors to recommend clinical trials to patients. Researchers can also get a better sense in advance of whether the patient may be eligible for the trial.

No matter what the next year holds for your research goals, Antidote can help you find patients that are the right fit. Learn more about how we can help your trial meet its goals quickly and efficiently in 2018.