Monday, July 28, 2014

Will the cloud make it easier to run clinical trials on mobile phones, tablets, and laptops anywhere at any time?

We recently had a chance to sit down with Partnerships in Medical Device Clinical Trials partner company Clinovo to discuss some of the benefits of cloud computing for clinical trials.  Over the next few weeks, we'll examine our interview with Marc Desgrousilliers, the Chief Technology Officer of Clinovo.

Today, he answers the question:
Will the cloud make it easier to run clinical trials on mobile phones, tablets, and laptops anywhere at any time?
Clinical teams should be able to enter clinical data directly via iPads and tablets. These devices are now natural for doctors and nurses to use. The Cloud enables user-interface services that are device-specific. Cloud architecture is built on what is called SOA (Service-Oriented Architecture) and a ‘service’ is a generic term for a set of processing functions. One of these functions could be to display the data on an iPhone and another one could be to display it on an Android. As new devices are added, we could deploy new services to display data on these devices. The same data can be seen on either a desktop or laptop, or any type of mobile device.

This being said, the real challenge for clinical trials is not technology. Cloud technology can handle different devices. The challenge is to validate the mobile devices used in the trials. eClinical system providers will need to decide which devices are going to be supported, as validation is costly and time-consuming.

You can download the audio and PDF to Marc's entire interview here.




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