Historically, ancient civilizations relied only on observation to confirm the effectiveness or the toxicity of a drug, but early in the 20th-century therapeutic reformers looked for a better and less dangerous approach. Today, at the heart of every medical advance is a clinical trial backed by supporting data provided via electronic data capture (EDC).
Pharmaceutical companies use trial data to prove drug efficacy and safety to governing agencies like the Food and Drug Administration. Investigators scrutinize both pre-clinical and clinical analysis to determine the pros and cons of an emerging medication before approving it for public use.
While the importance of trial data for pharmaceutical development should never be overlooked, electronic data capture has a bigger role in the medical industry. Consider some other ways OmniComm Systems strives to broaden EDC solutions and better serve the medical community.
EDC in Medical Records Management
The EDC landscape has been evolving for over a decade to go beyond clinical trials and leverage other forms of data. As the electronic records marketplace continues to expand, the uses of EDC are becoming more apparent. Electronic data capture creates a simplified monitoring solution able to track trends in public health that are hard to see any other way utilizing medical health records.
Diversity in medical disciplines makes it easy to miss public health changes like an increase in a chronic illness in a specific location or demographic group. Practitioners and health agencies can use data to spot specific problems with medical devices and drug treatments that might slip through the cracks without a proven electronic data capture partner and monitoring system.
EDC and Direct Patient Monitoring
Electronic data capture is taking the place of old-school paper reporting and analysis, so it has practical application in direct patient monitoring, as well. The right EDC tool offers a significant advantage to medical practices, clinics and hospitals by increasing data visibility, improving workflow and reducing operational costs.
With a data capture system in place, professionals can look for trends in vital signs and lab reports as they correspond to different interventions. It also gives physicians a streamlined method to gather clinical evidence to support strategic treatment plans and drug therapies.
Direct Patient Logistics
Administrators and practice managers use electronic data capture to monitor patient logistics for strategic decision making.
- What departments generate the most revenue?
- What departments have the most waste?
- What disciplines show the most growth?
- Which specialties are faltering?
EDC can track everything from inventory to patient transfer requests in order to optimize outcomes, improve patient retention, reduce leakage and enhance profits. Utilizing the information received through EDC, organizations will improve overall patient flow and increase their return on critical investments such as new equipment and staff increases.
The reach of EDC is broader than you might realize. While clinical trial data is the sole evidence of a drug’s efficacy, OmniComm sees beyond the pharmaceutical industry to ways that EDC can benefit patients, practitioners, administrators and entire communities.