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Oncology Trials

Leading Cancer Research Centers Trust OpenClinica

Eight Reasons Why

Oncology trials are among the most complex and challenging to conduct due to the variability in cancer types, the need for precise data and the critical importance of patient safety. OpenClinica offers a robust suite of tools and features that specifically address these factors, making it an effective choice for complex oncology clinical trials.

There are many ways OpenClinica supports complex oncology clinical trials. Below you will find eight of them. I am confident these eight ways are why more than 50 percent of cancer research centers certified by the National Cancer Institute trust OpenClinica solutions and services.

Eight Reasons Complex Oncology Clinical Trials Choose OpenClinica

  1. Comprehensive Data Management

    Oncology trials require the collection and management of vast amounts of data, including patient demographics, medical histories, a variety of specimens, treatment regimens, adverse events and lab results. OpenClinica provides a highly flexible and customizable platform that allows researchers to quickly design – and re-design – electronic case report forms (eCRFs) without technical assistance. Even the most complex oncology clinical trial workflows are simplified with elegant smart forms designed to ease researchers’ burden while improving the quality of data collected in oncology studies.

  2. Adaptive Trial Designs

    Oncology trials often utilize adaptive trial designs to modify the trial procedures based on interim results. OpenClinica supports these adaptive designs by allowing rapid modifications to the study protocol within the system. Researchers can update eCRFs, add new data points or change workflows without disrupting the trial. This flexibility ensures that the trial can adapt to new information, enhancing its efficiency and effectiveness and, ultimately, driving better patient care.

  3. Integration with External Systems

    Cancer research often involves the use of various diagnostic tools, laboratory, specimen, imaging, and safety systems. OpenClinica’s integration capabilities – a standard, well-documented set of APIs – allow it to interface with these external systems, which ensures that all relevant data is captured and consolidated within the OpenClinica platform, providing a comprehensive view of the patient’s condition and response to treatment.

  4. Enhanced Data Quality and Compliance

    Ensuring data quality and regulatory compliance is critical in all monitored clinical trials, but even more so in complex oncology clinical trials. OpenClinica offers built-in validation rules, automated data checks, and audit trails to ensure that the data collected is accurate, complete and compliant with regulatory standards such as GCP, FDA 21 CFR Part 11, and GDPR. A multitude of built-in features help researchers maintain high data integrity, which is essential for the credibility and reliability of trial outcomes.

  5. Patient-Centric Approach

    Oncology trials often involve long-term patient follow-up and monitoring. OpenClinica’s patient engagement tools, such as electronic patient-reported outcomes (ePRO), electronic consent (eConsent) and dynamic calendaring capabilities enable direct communication, scheduling and data collection from patients. This patient-centric approach ensures that patient-reported data is captured accurately and timely, providing valuable insights into the patient’s quality of life and treatment experience.

  6. Real-Time Data Access and Analytics

    Real-time access to trial data is crucial for making informed decisions during complex oncology trials. OpenClinica provides robust data visualization and reporting tools that allow researchers, sites, sponsors and other trial stakeholders to monitor trial progress, track key metrics and identify trends. Real-time dashboards and analytics help in early identification of safety signals, enabling prompt intervention to address any issues that arise during the trial.

  7. Support for Biomarker and Genomic Data

    Modern oncology trials increasingly incorporate biomarker and genomic data to tailor treatments to individual patients. OpenClinica supports the capture and management of this complex data, allowing researchers to integrate genomic profiles and biomarker data into the trial database. This capability facilitates precision medicine approaches, helping to identify which treatments are most effective for specific patient subgroups.

  8. Collaboration and Workflow Efficiency

    Complex oncology trials typically involve multidisciplinary teams, including oncologists, radiologists, pathologists, researchers and data managers. OpenClinica’s collaborative tools and workflow management features streamline communication and coordination among team members. Role-based access ensures that each team member can access the relevant data – and only the data relevant to them – to perform their tasks efficiently, improving overall trial management and execution.

OpenClinica’s comprehensive, flexible, and patient-centric platform addresses the unique challenges of complex oncology clinical trials. In short, the OpenClinica platform enables cancer research teams to:

  • Support complex study workflows and adaptive trial designs,
  • Recruit patients with highly specific eligibility criteria,
  • Automatically capture labs, medications, and other key types of data,
  • Track tumors over time,
  • Closely monitor patient safety,
  • Facilitate long term follow-up and
  • Meet regulatory requirements.

Our solutions and services are used across all types of research, including diagnostics, immunotherapy, surgical, chemotherapy, gene therapy and vaccine trials. With OpenClinica, researchers can confidently navigate the complexities of oncology trials to help advance the field of cancer research.

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