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eClinical Wish List
The June 2004 article "Meeting the Challenges of Internet-based Clinical Trials" describes the current state of the art of Internet-based clinical trials. Just to ensure that the technologies do not rest on their laurels, the next generation of technology-e-source documents-will truly revolutionize clinical research.
E-source documents will eliminate batch processing of data and almost all manual transcription, the presence of which guarantees an inefficient and error-prone data capture and reporting process.
Here is my wish list for e-source document technology:
While we're at it, it's time to rethink the source document. Using current source documents is like singing a song with the words on one page (the source document) and the notes on another (the protocol). With a combined "scripted source document," we can eliminate a lot of wasted time and errors by integrating step-by-step protocol instructions with data capture fields.
All the technology to implement scripted e-source documents exists today. What are we waiting for?
Norman GoldfarbPresident & CEO
First Clinical Research