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Clinical Trial Optimization Podcast

The Case for Centralized Monitoring: Optimizing Data Quality and Risk Management with Linda Sullivan and Steve Young


How can CROs and sponsors detect potential problems and issues in clinical trial conduct and data quality? That’s one of the critical issues discussed in Steve Young’s interview with Linda Sullivan, MBA, Executive Director of WCG’s Metric Champion Consortium (MCC). Young, Chief Scientific Officer at CluePoint, discusses how risk-based quality management (RBQM) methodology, data analytics, and data surveillance are being utilized today to go beyond just ferreting out fraud. Now, Young says, clinical trial stakeholders are deploying advanced statistical engines to detect quality and data breaches in investigational studies. According to Young, while there are still instances, to varying degrees, of major misconduct in clinical trials, CROs and sponsors are increasingly turning to online solutions to risk planning. It’s important, he adds, that when risks are discovered, the solutions are integrated into the workflow of clinical trials. In fact, Young asserts, one of the biggest challenges facing the industry today is to embrace change and accept the use of centralized monitoring data to aid in the discovery and resolution of risk.

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