Clinical care services are constantly on the move, mostly driven by the rapid pace of technology and shifting preferences in the market, not to mention a tighter focus on compliance and data privacy. With 2023 having already taken off somewhat, many would love to know what the year holds for clinical monitoring services so they can better anticipate any disruptions and keep on the cutting edge of the curve. If this best describes you, then you’re in the right place for answers. Our experts believe that these are the innovations that are set to grow big in clinical care services this year:
Decentralization in healthcare at large is nothing new, and it has been propelled by the advancement of wearables. However, when it comes to clinical trial services, this is pretty much still in its infancy. The pandemic was the ignition point for decentralization and has further stoked the flames of discussion as stakeholders have begun to strongly explore the possibility of adopting more decentralized clinical trial methods.
But why are decentralized clinical trials set to go big this year? That’s due to the following benefits that they offer over contemporary on-site trials:
With clinical staff in favour of remote patient participation, going by the findings of an Advarra survey, then this is one trend that we reckon will catch on in 2023. As a provider of clinical trial services, we can also attest to the fact that many research labs that turn to us are making the transition to more off-site solutions to meet profitability goals and improve outcomes.
This obviously also presents the challenge of having to train staff per the platforms and tools necessary to perform decentralized clinical trials. However, labs are getting around this learning curve by outsourcing certain clinical research duties to providers like Techindia so technicians can spend more time actually checking after the patients.
Better known as RWD, the importance of real-world data has grown today given the huge flaws of traditional RCT (Randomized control trials). RCTs often consider just a minute sample of the population, which poses several challenges as follows:
It’s therefore a no-brainer why we’re now seeing more and more clinical researchers trying to tap into real-world data, which labs are obtaining from billing information, EHR systems, and many other sources. Of course, this presents another obvious challenge, with data privacy guidelines also getting stricter in recent times.
However, a lot of this data has remained largely accessible for clinical trials, but other challenges have still also gotten in the way. Namely, data silos have hindered the use of real-world data for a long time. However, with machine learning now in the picture, this is no longer becoming an issue. AI platfrom now is helping to sift through various sources of unstructured data, providing RWD that will no doubt help steer more effective health innovations.
Patient centricity in this regard refers to taking a patient-need-driven approach to a clinical trial. It entails sustained engagement that always puts the subject in the driver’s seat. But first, what is the importance of patient-centricity for clinical trials anyway? Well, it can ensure:
That being said, how are stakeholders working to improve patient centricity in clinical trials in 2023? One huge way research labs are doing that is by making information more accessible to patients. This is being done to also improve engagement and give the study subject a more active role in the study, which is also key to improving adherence to various protocols. Additionally, when subjects are more invested, the chances of a dropout go down as well.
Another way facilities are working to improve patient centricity in clinical trials today is by making patients feel more valued. Aside from increasing ease of communication between staff and patients, we’re also noticing provisions for clinical trials to factor in patient input as well. Usually, that is happening through mediums such as applications, emails, or over the phone.
Constantly targeted by all manner of cyber-attacks, a cultural and technological shift has become necessary for clinical monitoring services. Clinical research labs are amplifying their game to counteract the increasing sophistication of cyber-attacks, hence we’re starting to see the imploration of the latest technologies and methodologies such as:
The concept of blockchain technologies, in particular, has exploded in recent years. So much so that some labs are already reliant upon it to manage trial data. This has certainly been aided by blockchain’s strategic properties including the ability to adequately secure data on a decentralized ledger, while still ensuring traceability and consistency of the data.
Besides simply anticipating evolving technological threats in a modern world, this increased innovation in clinical trial cybersecurity is also an avenue to build trust among participants. When subjects know that their confidential information isn’t at risk, then recruitment levels skyrocket hence the innovation and creativity.
That’s it for our round-up of the top innovations in clinical trial services. Our experts machine learning and big data analytics to play an increased role in clinical monitoring services this year, with the intensifying desire for intelligent automation solutions. However, we also believe as well that there will be an increased focus on improving data accuracy too. Outsource your clinical trial research needs to Techindia today and enjoy full support for your study, right from the preclinical discovery stage. Contact us now to learn how we can be of assistance.
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