NEW YORK, Jan. 26 /PRNewswire/ -- Fifty percent of clinical trial management professionals in the life sciences industry still share high-value, proprietary company information via e-mail, while others do so via fax (15 percent) or overnight courier (14 percent), according to a recent IntraLinks(R) poll.
Respondents who were considering web-based solutions for exchanging clinical trial information with outside parties indicated their primary concerns were security (40 percent), ease and flexibility of use (23 percent), speed of information sharing (17 percent), standardization across the enterprise (7 percent) and shipping/travel cost savings (7 percent).
In addition, respondents indicated that the greatest challenges they face when starting a new study or clinical trial are getting research sites onboard quickly (61 percent); reducing cycle time (22 percent); and exchanging information with all sites efficiently (12 percent).
"Executives may not realize that study start-up communication and management can be made simpler, faster and more secure by employing online solutions," said Alison Shurell, vice president of life sciences product marketing for IntraLinks. "Using an online workspace enables sponsors, CROs, sites, IRBs and others in a clinical trial to exchange information instantaneously in the most secure environment available. Our life sciences clients who have shifted the clinical trial process to an online solution have reported tremendous improvements in overall productivity and efficiency."
More than 50 executives from pharmaceutical, biotechnology, medical device and healthcare companies and CROs responded to polling questions for a recent webcast titled "Site Activation: How to Reduce Costs and Shorten Study Start-up Time." Sixty three percent of the polling respondents are involved in the management of clinical trials for their companies.
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