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Military Drug Trials Group Eliminates Errors and Inefficienciesusing Electronic Data Capture and Tablet PCsInfectious Dise...
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Learn how one major Federal Government Healthcare organization utilized Tablets for more efficient, accurate Clinical Trial Data Capture with this case study. Pharmaceutical and life science companies, challenged to make more efficient use of scarce resources, are turning to mobile data capture to improve trial completion time, accuracy & more.
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  1. 1. Military Drug Trials Group Eliminates Errors and Inefficienciesusing Electronic Data Capture and Tablet PCsInfectious Disease Clinical Research Program (IDCRP) Uses Sahara Slate PC i500 Tablet PCs fromTabletKiosk running Mi-Forms by Mi-Co, to improve efficiency and reduce errors in studies aimedat improving healthcare of military personnel overseas. Tablet PCs designed for business. Built to last. Background EXECUTIVE SUMMARY Infectious Disease Clinical Research Program (IDCRP) is a worldwide network of Department of Defense (DoD) clinical and research centers that have IDCRP at-a-Glance collaborated to investigate infectious disease challenges facing the military. Challenge: IDCRP had a paper workflow With a presence at the largest DoD medical centers, the IDCRP conducts that involved double-key data entry into research at 18 military medical facilities and collaborates with 12 military EDC systems with resulting errors, scan- research sites across the world. The program is headquartered within the ning & mailing CRFs and almost 20,000 Department of Preventive Medicine and Biometrics at the Uniformed paper-forms for each study. This slowed Services University in Bethesda, Maryland. trial completion & made the process time-consuming & inefficient. IDCRP is conducting ongoing clinical trials at deployed military bases located in Afghanistan, Kenya and Djibouti of an experimental single-dose antibiotic Solution: Adoption of Mi-Forms Tab- treatment that may increase the efficacy of treating acute infectious diarrhea let-forms technology on a powerful (more commonly known as Travelers’ Diarrhea or TD) that affects military Sahara i500 Tablet PC to eliminate all readiness. The aim of the clinical study is to measure the effectiveness of this paper-forms. experimental treatment and evaluate the long term health of the infected Benefits: A time savings of 50% was real- military personnel returning from overseas. ized, with offline data-entry capabilities. The study consists of five scheduled clinical visits over a one-month period Query resolution was immediate, rather and personal interviews as well as multiple follow-up surveys conducted at than weeks or months and compliance pre-determined intervals via e-mail. by coordinators was increased. 80% of the coordinators report the solution as more efficient than paper. Challenge TM Originally, the clinical data and surveys were to be recorded by hand onto “Our clinicians love this. We taught them multiple printed forms that were then transported back from the clinics and to change the orientation of the tablet medical centers to a central office and scanned and e-mailed to IDCRP’s so they could fill the screen with the fullPDF Editor Data Coordination Center in Bethesda, Maryland, and finally rekeyed by height of the CRFs and now it’s basically hand into a computer database. The process was cumbersome as the clinical a perfect EDC system for research docs researchers had to travel to medical centers and clinics with numerous who are used to filling out paper forms stacks of questionnaires and other study forms, as close to 20,000 forms were on a clipboard. We don’t have to spend required in order to record the responses from all stages of the study. hours training and re-training because Besides the difficulty of transporting and storing (military bases have of that simple intuitive feature.” very limited storage for paper clinical records) all of the forms, there were — Josh Kumpf, IDCRP additional challenges organizing them and then entering them into the