Selecting the right clinical trial patient recruitment solution is key to the success of your study
Clinical trials are critical for the development of new drugs and therapies. However, they can be expensive, time-consuming, and challenging to conduct. One of the most significant challenges faced by clinical trial sponsors is patient recruitment. Finding the right patients who meet the eligibility criteria for the study can be difficult, and it can take a lot of time and resources. That’s where clinical trial digital patient recruitment companies come in. These companies specialize in finding and recruiting eligible patients for clinical trials using digital technologies. However, not all clinical trial digital patient recruitment companies are the same. In this blog post, we will discuss how to select the right clinical trial digital patient recruitment company for your study.
- Experience and IRB/EC Knowledge
The first and most crucial factor to consider when selecting a clinical trial digital patient recruitment company is their experience and reputation. You want to work with a company that has a proven track record of success in patient recruitment for clinical trials. Look for a company that has experience in your specific therapeutic area and has worked on similar studies before. Check their track record and most importantly if the system isn’t working can you leave without penalties.
In addition, you want a company that doesn’t require lengthy IRB/EC approvals for their recruitment system/elements. The traditional approach of advert and landing page/website approvals can often take weeks or months from valuable recruiting time. Also ask if they offer pre-recruiting for your study so your sites have patients ready to be contacted as soon as each site is activated.
Is their technology offering something new and unique above and beyond the usual Google and Facebook adverts. Is the technology offering advanced screening as well as easy interaction with the sites/Study Coordinators? A holistic techology solution on one Platform is essential for success and compliance/security.
- Compliance with Regulations and Data Security
Clinical trial digital patient recruitment companies must comply with various regulations, such as the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) and the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR). Make sure the company you choose is compliant with all the necessary regulations and can protect the privacy of the patients’ data. Security around patient health information is perhaps the most fundamental concern. A data breach at any level impacts not only the patient but the study, the site, the company, and investors.
Some questions to ask about marketing include:
- are they using Facebook Lead Pages (these share patient data with Facebook which is not HIPAA compliant)
- are they building databases of patients using your study to resell patients to other Sponsors/studies
- are they reselling patients from their database to your study and what is the quality and privacy status
- Cost and ROI
Cost is an essential factor to consider when selecting a clinical trial digital patient recruitment company. You want to work with a company that offers reasonable pricing and can provide you with a clear understanding of the costs involved. Make sure you understand their pricing model and any additional fees. You should also consider the return on investment (ROI) when selecting a company. Look for a company that can provide you with measurable results and can help you achieve your recruitment goals.
- Communication and Collaboration
Communication and collaboration are crucial for the success of your clinical trial. Make sure you choose a company that communicates clearly and regularly with you. They should be able to provide you with regular updates on the recruitment progress and be available to answer any questions you may have. Look for a company that is willing to work collaboratively with you and your team to achieve the best results.
Selecting the right clinical trial digital patient recruitment company is critical for the success of your study. Make sure you consider the company’s experience and reputation, digital marketing expertise, compliance with regulations, cost and ROI, and communication and collaboration. By selecting the right company, you can streamline your patient recruitment process, reduce costs, and increase the chances of success for your clinical trial.
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