Today, many industries are impacted by the digitalization of their activities and the use of mobile devices to optimize their processes.

The clinical research sector is no exception to this digitalization. Most clinical studies now rely on digital tools for the collection and management of patient data, with the use of solutions such as EDC (Electronic Data Capture), eCRF (electronic Case Report Form) or ePRO (electronic Patient Reported Outcomes).

These solutions make data collection easier, and provide a real-time view of a study’s progress. However, their mobile versions often remain unknown to industry players, while they offer considerable advantages for the fluidity of their projects.

What are the advantages of a mobile solution for setting up an eCRF project as part of clinical research?

The ability to capture data anywhere, anytime

Users of a mobile device can enter clinical data at any time or place. Thus, investigators can use an eCRF during consultations with patients in the various centers of investigation, but also in any other place.

Mobile devices are also more convenient to use than a desktop, especially during consultations or follow-up visits.

Data can also be entered directly by patients, as is the case with the use of ePRO solutions. A mobile device (tablet or smartphone) will then be given to the patient during the inclusion visit and kept by the patient throughout the study. Users will then be able to enter their daily tracking data directly into the dedicated study application. This data entered by the patient in the application can be consulted in real time by the investigators or data manager of the study.

The access to features not accessible on desktops

In addition to being able to collect data in any location or at any time, users of a mobile solution (such as an eCRF) also have the option to use features not available on desktops. For example, if the investigator or patient needs to insert a photo into their CRF, they can easily use the tablet or smartphone camera. This functionality seems more complex on a desktop.

The Bluetooth connection of measuring devices (heart rate, blood sugar for example) is also easier on a mobile device.

The offline data collection of an eCRF/ ePRO project

Many mobile applications operate in offline mode, and therefore do not require an internet connection to be used. This feature allows the capture of clinical data in eCRF or ePRO applications in areas not covered by an internet network or with a limited connection. No data will be lost due to insufficient network coverage, and patient data entry will be assured no matter what.

Data will be re-synchronized directly into the study database as soon as a network connection is available.

Our mobile solutions for clinical data collection

Our Arone EDC platform allows you to collect and manage data from a clinical study within a 100% customizable tool. Thanks to an ergonomic, multi-platform development approach, our applications are responsive and automatically adapt to the size of the screen used, making the use of mobile devices for patient data collection easier and more efficient.

The platform also manages the offline aspect, while guaranteeing a secure environment (HDS certified in particular) for the collection of clinical data in an eCRF project.

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