The need for site efficiency is greater than ever in light of the ever-growing complexity of clinical trials and the requirements placed on-site teams. Unfortunately, the oversaturation of new solutions in the industry means that sponsors and CROs often invest in tools that cost them valuable time, money, and efficiency.
Outdated training methods, clunky system plug-ins, and lack of insightful analytics all place a large burden on sites and site teams throughout the trial process that could be vastly improved with solutions like those Pro-ficiency offers.
While cheaper and more widely available, traditional didactic training methods are quite inefficient at actually training site teams. Oftentimes, the training consists of extensive and unengaging PowerPoint presentations that do not prioritize critical information, which means researchers are challenged to weed through mountains of information to remember key details. And these generic, one-size-fits-all trainings fail to address the challenges of constant staff turnover at sites. Without a targeted and efficient training methodology, site staff are left to shoulder the burden of inadequate and generic training programs, delaying the implementation of study-related actions. The result is typically more study deviations, re-training, and delays.
Pro-ficiency’s simulation-based protocol training uses virtual AI-driven methodology to simplify the protocol into key decision areas that an investigator has to make so site teams can train with the protocol hands-on and specifically target complex decisions they will need to make during the study. Combined with study tools like quick reference guides, job aids and patient visit guides, learners can improve their understanding of the protocol and increase their retention of vital information, reducing the number of deviations and delays – a much better solution to improving site performance than traditional methods.
Pro-ficiency’s prescriptive analytics also help to identify key risk areas and training issues proactively, so site managers can intervene where necessary. These performance-based analytics spotlight specific individuals struggling with training or specific topics posing issues for many people, allowing site managers to provide additional clarification and resources to the team.
The clinical trial technology landscape has an abundance of products, and due to the complexities of modern-day trials, site teams are working with dozens of these systems at once. According to Florence Healthcare, 42% of sites login to more than six platforms for an average study, and 40% say a lack of integrations prevents them from adopting new technology. Having to log in to each system individually not only poses a security threat but is also cumbersome and takes up valuable time.
Pro-ficiency’s SSO and API solutions can integrate with any available system to further reduce the burden on sites and provide secure access with minimal disruption to the process. Additionally, Pro-ficiency’s newly released all-in-one training hub provides seamless access to educate, engage and enable trial sites to become more efficient.
Very often, research teams are unable to identify gaps and deviations in trial design until the trial has already begun, causing further delays and increasing expenses. To combat this challenge, Pro-ficiency’s protocol optimization methodology translates a complex, scientific, and regulatory protocol into a visual simulation of the patient journey and site operational flow for the trial. This allows site teams to understand the full reality of the trial, see potential inconsistencies, anticipate resource and operational requirements, and make adjustments prior to finalization.
This solution is most valuable at study start-up, though has value in mid-study implementation for better communication and comprehensive operationalization of a protocol’s time-sensitive steps.
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Rajat is a dynamic leader with 15+ years of demonstrated success in leading commercial functions and driving transformation, growth, and profitability in product and service-based organizations across the life sciences sector. He started his career off as a sales specialist at Becton, Dickinson and Company (BD), offering his sales expertise to their advisory board while independently expanding their territory. He later moved to IQVIA, beginning as an Associate Director in Competitive Intelligence & Response and ending as the Head of JAPAC’s Commercial Operations through his ingenuity, problem-solving, and leadership skills.