Increasing complexity of study design, greater attention to data security and advancements in technology are rapidly evolving how data is captured and managed in clinical trials. These factors create both challenges and opportunities for clinical research organizations and sponsors, likely evolving their needs substantially in the coming years.
iMedNet’s latest release is one step in part of its comprehensive near-term development plan to optimize iMedNet to fully support the evolution of clinical trials. This current release enhances scalability and security, improves the user experience and provides additional tools for reporting and planning. The software upgrades will enable iMedNet to scale more easily and support larger and more geographically diverse clinical trials, while also providing the foundation for future integration enhancements.
Improved Infrastructure and Scalability
Our latest release includes updated code language to support larger studies and larger organizations. These enhancements create more flexibility for database partitioning and also allow iMedNet to better leverage AWS services. "These updates are core to our development plans, enabling us to optimize scalability and increase stability while we continue to enhance our solution and grow," says Barbara Correll, vice president of marketing at MedNet.
These enhancements also allow MedNet to support an interest of European Union (EU) CROs and sponsors to have data on a local server.
As data breaches become more prevalent, security is increasingly important across healthcare, particularly in clinical trials. As part of MedNet’s ongoing commitment to privacy protection and security optimization, this release, as with other releases, includes infrastructure patches and updates that address recently identified security issues and vulnerabilities.
Optimized Workflow Manager
Studies are becoming more complex, making study design and data capture more complex due to more endpoints, procedures, CRF (case report form) pages and investigative sites to name a few. This increases the complexity for everyone from the study builder to the data managers, so optimizing the user experience is key to improving efficiency. To address this, we enhanced the Workflow Manager as part of our last release. "Everyone loved it, but there were parts that weren’t fully optimized," said Marci Mogg, vice president of technical project operations, MedNet Solutions. “In this release, we tied up some of the loose ends, and users will save time identifying and prioritizing tasks."
From a user's perspective, your main page will show more visual detail than it did in the past. You'll easily be able to see if there are any "calls to action" pertaining to your role, and you can hover over the icon to learn more about the data inside the document without having to open and read it. This new pop-up summary eliminates the need to hunt for information by clicking through several documents, saving you a lot of time and effort.
Cross Form Business Logic
This recent release also includes an update to the cross-form business logic (BL), providing the flexibility to display data from one form into another form while optionally impacting record status.
If BL is used to calculate/populate data into another form, changes in the source data will impact the record status on both the source form as well as the form with the calculated/populated data. The new external field functions more like a smart label. It’s an alternative to cross-form business logic that allows you to easily display data from one form on to another form without using BL and without impacting the record status of the second form.
We've always had some ability to create visual representations (pie charts, bar graphs, etc.) of our data, but we switched our third-party tool in our last release. Now, users can easily access comprehensive charts and graphs to provide a visual representation of the data for key reports (i.e. – “Enrollment Trend Report”). In addition, this release enables you to easily export the visual in multiple file formats.
Visit Schedule/Visit Summary Reports
We launched the visit schedule and visit summary reports a couple years ago as a way to help coordinators plan patient visits and help sponsors make sure everything is on track. What we didn't include before was a way to filter out patients that the coordinators didn't need to track anymore, which deterred users from accessing the reports altogether. In this release, we added a patient status column that allows anyone viewing the reports to easily see if a patient is active, deceased, or exited the study. This latest release also helps coordinators easily schedule upcoming visits based on study requirements.
This latest software from MedNet is one part of our near-term development plan to optimize our solutions for the future of clinical trials. For more information or questions about our current release or future plans, contact us.