Applying Data Analytics and a Decentralized Trial Platform for More Efficient Patient-Centric Trials

Life Sciences, Clinical Trials, Patient Recruitment & Retention,
  • Tuesday, February 25, 2020

Finding the right patients and the right clinical trial sites can be a challenge for any clinical trial. Coupled with the competition for qualified and available sites within a specific therapeutic area, drug development sponsors may also face a shortage of qualified patients to study.

Analysis of real-world data can help sponsors design more patient-centric study protocols that are optimized to patients’ needs and reduce the burden of participation. Patient data can also help sponsors pinpoint new geographical locations of patient populations and match those patients to qualified sites by looking beyond historical performance and accounting for disease incidence and protocol-evaluable patient density information. Taken together, these data can increase the predictability of recruitment timelines — a key factor in improving the overall efficiency of a trial.

Join this free webinar on data analytics to learn how large datasets of diagnostic information, central laboratory results and de-identified patient data can help evaluate protocol inclusion/exclusion criteria and even minimize screen failure rates. The featured speakers will also discuss how a cohesive hybrid and virtual clinical trials solution can redefine the patient experience to increase participation.

Along with incorporating the voice of the patient, we will cover data interoperability, mobile health (mHealth) technologies and effective analytical techniques to support recruitment forecasting and evaluate investigator performance with granular details related to patients enrolled, start-up cycle times and data quality.

Learn how these combined elements in a decentralized trial platform can help sponsors enable a more confident, data-driven recruitment process for their next clinical trial.



Michelle Jones, MSc, Senior Director, Clinical Informatics, Covance

Michelle Jones leads the data analytics group within the Covance Data and Technology Organization. The group uses the latest methods and develops new approaches for the statistical and computational analysis and modeling of real-world data and drug development data to support the assessment of the safety and efficacy of new compounds. She also oversees the building of software prototypes to support the clinical development business.

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Bireshwar Saha, M.Pharm, Senior Director, Global Head of Clinical Programming & Analytics, Covance

Bireshwar Saha leads clinical programming within the Covance Data Management organization. Bireshwar’s team uses the latest technologies to set up and configure databases to capture, integrate and report clinical trial data from different sources. He also supports the implementation of decentralized/virtual trials from a clinical data management perspective.

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Who Should Attend?

This webinar will appeal to individuals with the following or related job titles:

  • Physicians
  • Clinical Operations
  • Chief Medical Officer
  • Chief Development Officer
  • Medical Director
  • Operational Director
  • Clinical Development Director
  • Clinical Development Manager
  • Procurement Manager

What You Will Learn

Attendees will learn about: 

  • Current regulatory and industry perspectives in the patient-centric clinical development
  • How real-world patient data and lab test results can geo-locate patients
  • Steps for understanding the impact of the study design on the available patient pool
  • How a decentralized hybrid / virtual trial platform can enable patient-centric drug development by leveraging configurable modular mHealth technology solutions
  • How to improve the predictability of recruitment timelines with data analytics

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Covance is a business segment of LabCorp, a leading global life sciences company, which provides contract research services to the drug, medical device and diagnostics, crop protection and chemical industries. Employing over 21,000 people worldwide, we are the world’s most comprehensive CRO, dedicated to improving health and improving lives.

Covance is a global leader in nonclinical safety assessment, clinical trial testing and clinical trial management services. Our unique perspectives are based on decades of scientific, medical, and regulatory expertise. We generate more safety and efficacy data to support drug approvals than any other company, supporting our clients’ complete lifecycle management.

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