Prelude’s ePro Mobile App Enhances Patient Data Integrity, Compliance, and Efficiency During Clinical Trials

Of all the effective methods used to ensure subjects complete a clinical trial, our favorite is probably the ePRO mobile application. This ingenious app reduces the need for in-person visits to clinics. And who doesn’t love playing with new apps on their phone?

Both human subjects and owners of animal subjects can download this app (on either iOS or Android devices) and use it to fill in surveys and forms from anywhere. All entered data gets uploaded straight to the VISION database with a fully attributable audit trail. That means wherever your patients have cell service, they can intuitively perform contemporaneous data entry. The ePRO app offers a huge advantage over having to wait for a visit or telephone call with the clinic in order to relay daily or weekly observations. Now subjects and owners can don’t even have to get dressed or get in their cars to participate in a clinical trial anymore. Finally, a data management solution for the Netflix and Chill generation!

The ePRO app reduces the loss of subjects who do not want to risk their health by coming into the clinic for a checkup. It gives them the opportunity to enter their data into the system before they forget. Sites can even set up notifications for the users to ensure they enter their information within the expected timeline. This in turn ensures data integrity and reduces site follow-up requirements.

Data can be entered remotely using radios, check boxes, dates, times, text boxes, drop-down menus, and visual analogue scales. Images and videos can be recorded and uploaded for uses such as wound healing checks. All this flexibility and ease-of-use makes subjects significantly more inclined to continue their clinical trial participation. It will also continue to be useful into the future for subjects who would normally have a long commute to get to their required clinic.

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Your 5-Minute Guide to Digital Paper

Out in the fields or inside the barns, sometimes a reliable Internet connection can be hard to come by, if there is one at all. In these cases, professionals often must rely on the error prone method of recording with a pen and paper. However, a lack of an Internet connection should not compromise or disrupt a study.

Digital Paper is an offline Electronic Data Capture (EDC) app developed to work with VISION™ tools and accommodate studies that may operate in a field environment.

 
Q: What is it?

A: Digital Paper is a unique feature of VISION which allows a user to enter data into the system when there is no internet service available.

 
Q: What makes it so special?

A: Once internet access is regained, all data entered onto Digital Paper will be automatically synced into the system, maintaining time stamps both for when the data was entered and when it was uploaded.

 
Q: How does it work?

A: Digital Paper can be customized to feature whichever forms and fields the client specifies. Keep in mind that it is for data-entry only and will not run any calculations or constraints. All of these edit checks will trigger in the system once the data has been synced. The main purpose of Digital Paper is to give investigators in the field a place to synchronously record their findings as they perform physical exams on animals in places where there is limited internet available (e.g., horses out in the country) without having to write it on physical paper then transcribe it later.

 
Q: Is there anything else to note?

A: Yes, a few things to keep in mind are:

1. The subject for whom data is being entered onto Digital Paper must already be randomized

2. Blinding DOES remain in effect when logged onto Digital Paper

3. Digital Paper currently only works on android devices

4. Digital Paper is a contracted item

5. It’s easy to learn and easy to use!

 
 

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