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Survey Shows Barriers to Clinical Trial Recruitment

We have long known the challenges of clinical trial recruitment. So it’s not a surprise that a new survey conducted by SubjectWell shows that a general lack of awareness is a major hurdle in clinical trial recruitment. The Pharma industry spends more than $2 billion per year on clinical trial recruitment. However, these dollars don’t[…]

New Trends in Clinical Trials Focus on Patient Engagement

A recent BioPharma Dive article on the five trends changing clinical trials – patient centricity, tapping into technology (e.g. mobile devices), wearables (e.g. remote blood glucose monitors), flexibility (in trial design), and automated site supplies – has an interesting trend in the article itself.  So, what’s the overarching trend?  Four out of the five trends[…]

Patient Engagement Solutions – Portal Use is on the Rise

As a patient engagement solution, healthcare portals are nothing new.  But for healthcare providers, getting patients to use their portals hasn’t been easy.  Now it looks like portal use is on the rise and with that a hope of greater patient engagement. A recent CDW survey of 200 patients and providers has shown a jump[…]

Health Care Leaders Encourage Trump Administration to Keep Patient-Centered Health Care a Priority

Within five days of the inauguration, the Health Care Transformation Task Force (HTTF) sent a letter to President Trump and Vice President Pence with an urgent message.  That message . . . continue to keep the value-based, patient-centered health care model a priority.  Put the needs of patients first! The task force includes leaders throughout the industry.[…]

5 Tips for Effective Portfolio Management

Imagine that you are Indiana Jones. A series of ancient doors lie before you. Behind one – unimaginable success, profitability, and reward. Behind the others – defeat, loss and failure. You have but a single key and too many possible doors – which to choose? Does this sound like your organization? This is the constant[…]

Clinical Operations Process Improvement Metrics (Part V – Take the Long View)

In previous blog posts, I’ve zeroed in on two of the three main areas where companies struggle with metrics. This time, I’ll focus on the third – the use of short-sighted metrics. “Localized metrics” are metrics that measure small (individual or departmental) goals. They do not have a link to broader company objectives. This use can[…]

Clinical Operations Process Improvement Metrics (Part IV – Getting It Right)

As I’ve mentioned in previous blogs, many companies struggle with getting their metrics right. Examples of these struggles abound but usually fall into three general groups.  Last time I talked about collecting too much data.  Now I will discuss the second one, poor/misaligned data or lagging metrics. Each company is different and must decide for itself which[…]

The Merck-Quintiles Partnership: Sponsor, Do You Take This CRO….?

Recently, Merck Serono entered into a new, five-year clinical development deal. The deal was with none other than Quintiles, the world’s largest CRO (with approximately $3.7 billion in revenue). Moving forward, Quintiles will be the sole primary provider of Merck Serono’s outsourced clinical development services for its global clinical programs. The agreement will span the[…]

Clinical Operations Process Improvement (Part III – TMI!)

The biggest mistake companies make when working with metrics is that they tend to make things way more complicated than they need to be. Specific examples abound. You can boil down these examples into three general categories. I will discuss the first one here. Collecting Too Much Data Collecting too much data makes it hard to focus[…]

CRO Data Integration: Your CTMS or Mine?

The pharmaceutical industry in 2013 will continue the downsizing of drug development operations.  In doing this, they will place an ever-greater reliance on strategic CRO alliances and collaborative technologies. As sponsors increase their reliance on CROs, the need for better collaboration and more transparency will also increase. Data Collection In managing a study, CROs must use[…]