Prevent Database Delays by Maximizing EDC System Efficiency

Life Sciences, Clinical Trials, Pharmaceutical, Medical Device, Medical Device Clinical Trials,
  • Tuesday, May 15, 2018

In a clinical research industry that prizes speed and cost efficiency above all else, the importance of preventing EDC database delays is difficult to overstate. But how can data managers ensure they’re equipped with the tools and the know-how to do so?

Join Muhammad Bilal, Senior Director, Clinical Data Management at Topstone Research, as he explores this crucial consideration in this webinar. Bilal will bring his years of data management expertise, as well as his fluency in the essential clinical trial technology bolstering research today, to this thorough discussion of how to avoid EDC database delays. He’ll offer viewers best practices, tips and tricks, background, and context, providing viewers with answers to crucial questions such as:

  • What are the key factors behind database setup delays?
  • What approach to database design is most conducive to optimal timeline management?
  • How can I maximize the efficiency of my EDC system to accelerate database setup?
  • Why is it important to create an extensive template library within the EDC system?

Bilal’s insight and expertise in the webinar will be bolstered by that of Jeffery Doten, Professional Services Project Manager at Medrio, a cloud-based EDC system used in many clinical trials at Topstone. Together, they’ll approach the issue of database delays from two essential perspectives: that of the data managers tasked with database setup, and of the clinical trial technology providers tasked with creating the efficiency and flexibility that researchers depend on during this process.

Early delays can set the tone for an entire clinical trial – it’s essential to avoid delays that can jeopardize study timelines from the outset and require you to spend the rest of the study working to catch up. This webinar will equip viewers with the insight necessary to stop EDC database delays before they start, and keep their studies on the path to success.


Muhammad Bilal, Senior Director, Clinical Data Management and Biostatistics, Topstone Research

Muhammad Bilal is the Sr. Director, Clinical Data Management and Biostatistics at Topstone Research, with 15 years of data management experience. Bilal began his career as a Clinical Data Manager, and has progressed to the Director level. During this time, he has worked for different organizations within data management, EDC programming and SDTM programming departments. His extensive EDC programming experience provides him with a good understanding of how EDC systems can be utilized to maximize potential.

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Jeffery Doten, Professional Services Project Manager, Medrio

Jeffery Doten is a Professional Services Project Manager at Medrio. Jeffery is an educator, health promotion specialist, and technology enthusiast. He has a Public Health background and has worked in technology since 2008. Over the last 4 years, his focus has been on Clinical Technology software, working with EDC and IWRX platforms to help studies build software, stay on schedule and collect great data. At Medrio, Jeffery’s primary responsibilities center on user education and custom project management.

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Who Should Attend?

Senior professionals involved in:

  • Data Management
  • Clinical Operations
  • Vendor Relations
  • Clinical Trial Outsourcing

What You Will Learn

  • Key factors leading to database setup delays
  • Good database design approaches for timeline management
  • How to maximize EDC system efficiency
  • The importance of creating an extensive template library within the EDC system

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Medrio is a leading healthcare technology company providing eClinical solutions including EDC, eSource, and ePRO for clinical research. Founded in 2005, the company’s cloud-based software platform and mobile suite of products deliver fast, flexible, and easy-to-use tools for the collection and management of clinical data and patient-reported outcome responses. Study sponsors and contract research organizations have used Medrio extensively across drug, device, diagnostic, and animal health trials. Medrio has extensive experience in all study phases and leads the market in early-phase trials. The company serves over 500 customers globally, with headquarters in San Francisco and offices in numerous domestic and international locations. For more information, please visit


Topstone Research is a full-service contract research organization (CRO) with an unwavering commitment to quality and service flexibility. It specializes in providing outstanding CRO services from protocol development to clinical study reports and beyond, with customized clients’ requirements and executed with well-designed workflow processes and procedures. Topstone’s studies follow ICH, GCP, and regulatory agency guidelines, and use controlled and secure computing environments with validated, 21 CFR Part 11-compliant software and systems. Their teams of experts can provide unique insights into the research environment, competitive landscape, and patient populations of a variety of therapeutic areas. And those teams support clients’ drug development needs by providing real-time, faster access to data, enabling them to make faster decisions and get their drugs to the market as quickly as possible, all while making patient safety a top priority. For more information, please visit

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