Updated on 13 September 2013
Current trends in clinical documents management systems (CDMS), including paperless clinical trials, content on cloud, and integrated IT-KPO document management services, are streamlining clinical trial processes in APAC
Anyone who conducts clinical trials knows that paper clinical documents and electronic processes consume staffing expenses, storage facilities and complicate compliance. Clinical Documents Management (Clinical DMS) is the practice of identifying, classifying, archiving, preserving, and destroying documents according to a set of pre-defined standards. The primary objective of a Clinical DMS team is to reduce risk through improved regulatory and corporate compliance.
Today's Clinical DMS
Many life sciences organizations have multiple content management systems, which result in costly maintenance fees and put strains on support and development resources. In a 2012 survey conducted by AIIM.Org (The paper free office), 72 percent of respondents indicated that it is harder to find information owned by their organization than information not owned by them.
Paperless clinical trials: There are conversations about paperless clinical trials and moving to the cloud with promises of saving time, reducing costs and decreasing risk in clinical research, and many organizations are putting an effort towards it. One strategy to reduce the number of paper-based processes is to combine technologies like cloud, EDMS, CTMS with EDC, which simplifies the collection, storage and transfer of clinical trial data.
Content on cloud: According to the 2012 AIIM.org survey (Content in the Cloud-making the right decision), 42 percent of responding organizations have strategic plans to use some form of third-party cloud content management, while 15 percent have specific policies against cloud content and 42 percent have no current plans.