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ERT Announces New Report by TUFTS Identifying Growth in Adoption of Centralized ECG Services
Date:6/21/2010

all cardiac safety studies will eventually be handled by centralized providers. Ninety-seven percent of respondents rated central labs as being more accurate, and 90% rated them as being more efficient than a decentralized approach. Despite the reluctance to deviate from using a decentralized approach due to financial concerns, the Tufts report demonstrates that perceptions are changing with 70% of respondents rating the costs of using an ECG core lab to be less than, or equal to, the cost of using paper. The study further highlights integrating data and workflows into a core lab can result in improved patient safety, increased productivity, allow faster database locks, enhanced service, greater satisfaction and potential cost savings, all of which are offered by a centralized approach. The study also examines the challenges of traditional decentralization methods.  

Mike McKelvey, CEO at ERT, comments, "The study by the Tufts Center for the Study of Drug Development highlights the growing adoption of centralization as our sponsors are realizing the need for and benefits of a core ECG laboratory. Currently approximately 33% of clinical trials use a centralized core lab for cardiac safety; we anticipate that this will increase in the short- and long-term. Regulatory pressures and the necessity for better data quality and accuracy at a faster and more efficient speed are stimulating more rapid adoption. With more accurate, higher quality and standardized data at a lower cost, the positive benefits of centralization are now much better understood by industry professionals."

The report, examining how central core laboratories are playing an increasingly important role in cardiac safety during clinical trials, is available to download on

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