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New CRA survey shows optimistic attitude towards eSource

In a survey commissioned by Clinical Research IO (CRIO), CRA's favored the CRIO eSource system over paper-based source on a variety of attributes by margins of 3 and 4 to 1.

Using the CRIO system, investigators can configure templates and collect source data electronically. Investigators provide their CRA's with remote access to view and query the source. CRIO commissioned Insightful Alliance, a market research firm, to survey these CRA users.

In the survey, 67% of CRA's agreed that the CRIO eSource platform is superior to paper at promoting data integrity, while only 15% disagreed. 63% agreed that CRIO is better than paper at facilitating thorough QA, versus 16% who disagreed. 56% agreed that sponsors benefit if more sites use CRIO, or a system like it, with only 15% disagreeing.

"This survey is meaningful because it asks CRA's about their experience with an eSource system they actually have been using at their research sites, not a conceptual system they have to imagine using," said Raymond Nomizu, co-founder of CRIO. "By making this concrete, we are providing industry proof that a properly designed eSource system can improve the conduct of the trial."

The CRA's not only compared CRIO favorably to paper, but 52% also agreed that eSource will become the primary mode of data collection over the next five years, with only 19% disagreeing.

"We designed our system so that investigators could improve the quality of their data collection, and this survey shows that CRA's recognize how a system like ours furthers that important objective," said Phuc Truong, co-founder of CRIO. "This validates the concept of real-time, electronic source data capture."