The leading Australian CRO for biotechs and Frost & Sullivan Asia-Pacific CRO Market Leadership Award winner Avance Clinical has been invited to present on the future of decentralized clinical trials at the Oracle Health Sciences Connect conference.
Title: Decentralized Trials – No Going Back
Time: 23 April, 2021 – 3.05 pm (Australia/Adelaide ACST).
Avance Clinical CEO Yvonne Lungershausen, shared the company’s insights on the future of Decentralized Clinical Trials (DCTs) and the technology and patient factors that will determine success.
Avance Clinical uses the full range of eClincial technologies to support clients wanting DCTs or a site-based approach while still leveraging advance technology including ePro, eSource and eConsent.
“DCTs are fast becoming the new norm and this is an incredible opportunity for the drug development sector as well as the diverse and remote patient populations that will now have access to clinical trials,” said Lungershausen.
“The pandemic has been the catalyst in speeding up the adoption of decentralised clinical trial methods, as people stopped participating in trials and visiting clinics. Trials have stalled putting lives and significant investments at risk.”
Yvonne Lungershausen said there are considerable benefits to DCT’s including:
- Reduce the scheduling and travel burden on patients – providing care from the comfort of the patient’s home.
- Connecting patients to trials on a global scale – patients that were otherwise inaccessible under more traditional trial protocols are now available
And she said challenges include:
- Missed human-to-human contact and continuity of patient care
- Investigational product distribution to more remote destinations
- Oversight of compliance and study procedures in the patient’s home
The presentation also covers advances in artificial intelligence (AI), machine learning, cloud computing and blood self-collection devices which are all revolutionising the decentralized clinical trial process.
- Wearable devices are demonstrating enormous potential whether worn as a wrist strap or as an adhesive patch on the body. AI-embedded capabilities allow these devices to measure a patient’s heart rate or metabolism remotely. Linked to the cloud through secure networks, clinicians can receive and analyse the data in real time.
- Video calling and electronic reminders, can improve patient compliance in trials – prompting participants to take their medication at the right time or to record in their electronic diary development.
- Technologies are developing to allow patient centric sampling (self-collection of specimens) with devices that require either the use of a lancet and a finger prick whereas others do not, making clinical trials even more convenient.