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Electronic Data Capturing: A Boon for Clinical Trials


Data is very central to Clinical trials and Clinical researches. As clinical research involves the management of data on very large scale thus handling and monitoring it with utmost care becomes very essential. Almost all the study in clinical research is based on data collection. Data in clinical research is bilateral-one related to patients and other related to drugs. Just maintaining data is one thing but providing it when researcher or some other study in charge demands it get very difficult. Working with data recorded on papers and files is very hectic and cumbersome.

There are differences in the nature of information, the responsibilities of each member of the clinical research team, the need for a communications infrastructure to facilitate coordination of care, and other logistical concerns which impact the detailed structure of information systems. Consequently, sometimes it becomes haphazard when handled manually. Analysis of data and workflow requirements through Electronic devices accordingly helps clinical trial teams that increase the efficiency and effectiveness of clinical research and clinical trials.


Electronic devices not only capture the clinical data efficiently but also provide it in fractions of seconds whenever demanded. Maintaining the patient diaries electronically is often referred as ediary that stands the primary task of any clinical research.


This Systems support general tasks such as patient administration, scheduling, and billing, as well as specific tasks such as in the clinical laboratory, radiology, or the laboratory. Hospital information systems are primarily administration oriented. Further when confined to clinical trials and clinical researches it helps in-


  • Patient randomization

  • Maintaining patient diaries

  • Clinical trial management

  • Drug information

  • Researchers list and diary

  • Case histories

  • Integrated delivery system

Ongoing frequent changes in the health care industry produce fundamental shifts in the delivery of health care, favoring outpatient care over inpatient care, primary care over specialty care, and guidelines-driven care over autonomous decision-making. Technological advances have overcome some barriers to the problem related these shifts.


As patients are also growing from being not-knowing to all-knowing. Patients now want every details of research. They have become centric in taking decision when it comes to becoming a subject for a clinical trial. The increasing demand of right to information among population has given tremendous rise to capture the data electronically. Now the attention has shifted from just to randomizing the patients to providing them research related information.. To protect this deviated attention from researching to data management for making it available to all and sundry, electronic data capturing has proved really helpful


To efficiently carry out the research, the clinician needs ready access to both clinical and administrative data. This comes handy while using EDC

Moreover, electronic processing power doubles in the performance and halves the cost of clinical trials


Counting on the EDC benefits, there goes an exhaustive list but as a matter of facts ethical issues should be well taken care off. It must be strictly ensured that companies using electronic records and signatures should be equivalent to those based on paper and ink.

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