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Document Management Inefficiencies Cost Clinical Study Sites Time, Money
Date:6/2/2009

NEW YORK, June 2 /PRNewswire/ -- Document sharing inefficiencies in clinical trials cost investigative sites and study sponsors time and money, according to a recent online poll by IntraLinks(R), the leading provider of critical information exchange solutions.

The survey revealed heavy document-related administrative duties and repetitive requests for information as significant contributors to time delays in clinical study communication. Some highlights of the polling results include:

  • The majority of investigative sites (67 percent) are asked to resend information to their sponsors once or twice a week when using e-mail, courier or fax.
  • One-quarter of investigative sites spend more than three hours per week looking for documents they need and more than half (52 percent) ask sponsors to resend documents when information is delivered by traditional methods.
  • Currently, document exchange with investigative sites is still primarily conducted via e-mail (67 percent), via courier (16 percent) and via fax (7 percent).

When asked how online study management tools might help them manage clinical trial document management, survey participants indicated it would be easier to keep track of information (27 percent), paper use would be reduced (19 percent), information sharing would be up-to-date (15 percent) and time spent on study management would be reduced (15 percent).

"While many investigative sites are interested in participating in clinical studies, the associated administrative burden is viewed as a hassle. There is also a heightened sensitivity to the added paperwork, given current focusing on improved operational efficiency in clinical studies," said Alison Shurell, vice president of product marketing for IntraLinks, who manages the company's life sciences initiatives. "This underscores the importance
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