In the face of a pandemic that forced nearly everyone, from patients to clinical trial coordinators, to stay home, at least temporarily, pharmaceutical and life sciences companies have been asking: How much can be done remotely? Quite a bit, it turns out.
Forced to minimize in-person clinical trial visits, these companies are now trying to find ways to conduct trials with few in-person interactions. The COVID-19 crisis has increased the appetite for change across the industry as sponsors, contract research organizations (CROs) and patients see benefits in a more decentralized model.
Payers and providers, awash in data about members and the populations they serve, including social determinants of health metrics, may be able to help pharmaceutical and life sciences companies develop trial protocols that serve more diverse populations. These trials could decrease the burden on trial participants, for instance, reducing the number of trips they have to make to a hospital or physician’s office, and make participation more attractive. For trial investigators, likewise, a decentralized approach, with more virtual elements, could make participation more attractive, too.
- How the regulatory environment is shifting
- Embracing virtual tools to transform clinical trials