Digital technology for conducting the clinical trials necessary to create the evidence of benefit and safety, the complexity of designing protocols globally, the need to structure decentralized studies by putting the patient at the center of the study and making him or her an active participant in the development process, are among the factors that have the greatest impact on the development pathway of drugs and devices, as well as other types of products such as biotechnology or nutraceuticals.
Quoting a recent report by the National Institute of Health, ‘partnership’ is the key word for making clinical research easier for patients and faster (ISTISAN Reports 22/4 EN). In today’s global and interconnected world, innovation, development and well-being are achieved by working ‘together’.
“The success of clinical trials depends not only on the doctor-patient connection, but on countless other relationships and joint efforts by manufacturers, sponsors, ethics committees, competent authorities, centers, foundations, researchers, legal offices, and participants, who cooperate to synergistically enable medical progress in the presence of increasingly stringent international standards and guidelines,” Dr. Monica Tocchi further emphasizes. “Our daily activity as research professionals is aimed at creating a more effective collaboration between the medical community, patients, the healthcare industry and regulatory authorities.”
The pandemic has presented an exceptional opportunity to challenge current scenarios and the way we conduct clinical research, bringing about a radical change in all traditional processes, encouraging active collaboration of all parties involved. This new column will address the challenges and opportunities in a practical and clear way, outlining possible solutions affecting the future of research and science.
At Meditrial, we firmly believe that the profound change in the healthcare ecosystem urgently requires the need to share our collective knowledge to help the sector achieve new goals resulting from the fast evolving rules and regulations, the unstoppable global computerization and the irreversible transformation of our society’s needs and requirements.
In the Rubric we will make use of illustrative graphics, multimedia and digital audio-video tools to expose the concepts covered with immediacy. We will provide a blog and social media to stimulate discussions and create a dialogue aimed at adapting and adopting the new paradigms of today and tomorrow.