Category: CTMS

05 Nov 2018

5 Ways that CTMS Can Add Value to Organizations

Clinical Trial Management Systems offer essential functionality for tracking study visits, building a robust patient database, managing all study-related financials, and accelerating recruitment.

Over the last decade, the clinical research industry has seen an increase in the use of software systems to perform essential functions, increase efficiency, and reduce costs. Site-based CTMS systems play a large role in the move to advanced systems and processes that are re-shaping how research gets done.

How can CTMS add value to organizations?

  1. Recruitment Tools

Utilizing the vast number of recruitment tools within RealTime-CTMS enables sites to consistently meet enrollment goals and become a top-enrolling site. RealTime’s powerful features allow advertisement campaign integration with traditional media, Facebook, SubjectWell, website landing pages, and personalized mass study alerts.

  1. Build Your Database

With these advanced integration features, new study leads will flow into your CTMS database while simultaneously notifying staff. Staff can manage lead follow-up activity with attention to detail. With a robust database, sites can run detailed criteria searches to identify potential subjects for new studies. Be the first to screen and enroll qualified subjects.

  1. Improve Site Efficiency

From scheduling subjects, managing study documents, leading recruitment, and tracking study visits, to ensuring accurate accounting and timely sponsor payments; RealTime-CTMS will streamline the workflow of your site while ensuring critical site processes are maintained.

  1. Software Integration

Powerful integrations with other systems bring even more value to RealTime-CTMS.  For business development, RealTime can seamlessly connect to Devana Ignite for Sites.  For recruitment, integration can connect with Facebook, Instagram, SubjectWell, websites, Twilio and more. This will give you advanced recruitment tools that no other CTMS can offer.  Integrations with EMR/EHR systems can also streamline the flow of data between your hospital/medical practice and research activities in RealTime.  Embracing and cultivating new integration opportunities is just another way that RealTime is leading the CTMS market.

  1. Track Financials

Track study costs, reimbursements, and all other financials related to study activities with RealTime-CTMS. Subject stipends can also be easily loaded onto reloadable Visa/Mastercards with RealTime’s SitePAY solution.

Take your organization to the next level and add value to the clinical trial process from start to finish. Introducing CTMS, but more specifically, RealTime-CTMS can transcend organizational boundaries, improve efficiency, and act as a seamless portal for all site operations.

RealTime-CTMS can function on a single site, multi-site, or enterprise level. With add-on features such as eDOCS, eSOURCE, TEXT, and SitePAY, RealTime can deliver the one-and-only Site Operations Management System (SOMS) for an end-to-end solution.

To learn more about adding value to your organization with RealTime Software Solutions, call 210-852-4310, or visit www.realtime-ctms.com

24 Oct 2018

Key Takeaways from SCRS 2018

Assembling for a cause

Global Site Solutions has provided a centralized hub where sites, sponsors, and CROs can gather and network. For the past 12 years, Global Site Solutions Summit has given participants the opportunity to promote and build their business, share best business practices, attend insightful workshops and seminars, and develop new partnerships and relationships along the way.

Powerful words

In an eye-opening discussion with Shielia Nagley, she describes her husband’s constant battle with Alzheimer’s Disease and how they discovered the benefits of clinical research.

“Participating in research is the only way we can advance medicine.” -Shielia Nagley, advocate for husband and Alzheimer’s patient, Bill Nagley.

“You give us hope,” Nagley concluded, speaking to researchers, site directors, and those in between.

In a follow-up conversation with Rick Greenfield, we asked him a few questions on his takeaways from the conference.

RealTime-CTMS CEO, Rick Greenfield, speaks at Global Site Solutions Summit 2018 in Boca Raton, FL

How do you feel that RealTime is contributing to the advancement of medicine for patients like Bill Nagley?

“I feel that RealTime is a playing an increasingly important role by bringing advanced efficiencies for Sites, Sponsors and CROs with innovative software technologies such as eSOURCE, eRegulatory, CTMS, patient travel portals and so much more.  By improving the research process and increasing the flow of data and processes between all parties, we can find effective treatments and cures faster than ever before.”

What was your favorite part of the SCRS experience?

“Learning from and networking with all of the amazing professionals in our industry and  Seeing their excitement as my team would showcase the features and capabilities of our software solution.  We always receive great ideas for advancements that we take home to incorporate into future systems.”

Where do you see the clinical research in the next 5 years?

”Systems will connect with each other like never before and data will flow faster than ever. Advanced systems will not only create powerful integrations and increased efficiency but will greatly reduce errors and improve compliance. RealTime is very excited to be on the forefront of this change and to lead the charge to a powerful paperless future for our industry.”

Shannon, Ted, Elise, Nathan, and Rick from RealTime Software Solutions attended SCRS 2018.

If you missed RealTime at SCRS, our team is also attending MAGI West this October 21-24, 2018 in San Diego, California. Learn more about solutions including eSOURCE eDOCS, CTMS, TEXT,PAY and GlobalPAY that are leading our industry into the future.

Learn more about RealTime solutions HERE or call 210-852-4310 to speak to a RealTime expert!

12 Oct 2018

Benefits of MobileAPP Usage for Research Data Collection

We are living in an increasingly mobile and digital world.

The introduction of cellular phones, tablets, laptops, etc., has significantly impacted the efficiency of data flow, and signaled a dramatic shift from static information transfer to mobile platform usage, digital integration and cloud sharing.

Not only is this shift rapidly transforming communication methods within the general population, but also in the way that clinical research is conducted and documented. Mobile applications present a bright new future in data accuracy, safety and efficiency.

Mobile APPs are the next step in digital accessibility in clinical research.

According to the Pew Research Center, it is estimated that at least 95% of people in the U.S. own a cellular phone of some kind, with 77% of that group owning smartphones. This would indicate that more than likely, a majority of medical research team members own and actively use mobile devices.

The RealTime MobileAPP provides research teams with the ability to utilize this digital resource! With the Mobile APP, site staff and investigators have the ability to access necessary study information, collect data, review and sign documents and more from any place in the world with ease.

RealTime-MobileAPP provides cutting-edge features.

In addition to accessibility, the MobileAPP contains a number of innovative and comprehensive features, including:

  • Validated Part 11 compliance with mobile
  • User-friendly, comprehensive interface
  • Secure thumbprint signature technology
  • Contact management for site and sponsor contact information
  • eRegulatory file navigation
  • Patient recruitment and referrals tracking
  • Signature requests and notifications management
  • Completely mobile capabilities
  • Study document access
  • Secure password management

Join the forefront of digital research data collection!

Are you interested in joining the mobile technology movement? Contact our experts today at 210-852-4310, to learn how to take your software and business to the next level today!

 

10 Oct 2018

Major Clinical Trial Software Companies Announce Integration, Streamlining Site Operations

Major Clinical Trial Software Companies Announce Integration, Streamlining Site Operations

RealTime-CTMS and Devana Solutions® IGNITE for sites integrate, allowing sites to streamline the clinical trial process from study start-up, to close-out.

SAN ANTONIO, TX– The days of doing double work are over thanks to the integration of two clinical trial platforms RealTime-CTMS and Devana Solutions® IGNITE for sites.

Both companies are major players in the clinical trial software industry and have quickly grown in popularity among sites and sponsors across the globe. RealTime for its ever-popular eSOURCE solution along with its CTMS, eDOCS, TEXT and PAY products. Devana for its ability to streamline operations by automating study start-up, providing crucial study metrics and enhancing trial performance.

“Devana Solutions® IGNITE for sites robust study start-up tracking and data analytics platform integrated with RealTime’s simple and intuitive CTMS is a winning combination for a robust end-to-end solution for managing research site operations,” says Barry Lake, CEO & Co-Founder of Devana Solutions®. “Both parties are excited to announce the integration as we truly believe top research sites and networks will really benefit from the combination.”

The integration, already available for use, allows for a more streamlined approach to collecting data by eliminating the need to input critical study information into two separate systems. Essentially, all data entered into either system is automatically transferred and displayed in the other.

“RealTime’s ultimate goal is to enhance the overall performance of the clinical trial process with innovative technologies and meaningful integrations between systems,” says RealTime CEO, Rick Greenfield.  “Our integration with Devana fulfills this mission by creating a powerful integration that will bring two cutting-edge services together to save users time, improve performance metric tracking and reduce redundant data entry.”

This year, the companies are showing off their products and services at industry conferences and are offering users who take advantage of the integration a 10 percent discount off licensing fees for each system.

Both RealTime and Devana Solutions® IGNITE for sites have proven that innovation and staying ahead of the game can make all the difference.

To find out more about the integration of RealTime-CTMS and Devana Solutions®, visit https://www.realtime-ctms.com/integrations/devana/

 

About RealTime-CTMS:

RealTime-CTMS is a leader in cloud-based software solutions for the clinical research industry and is dedicated to solving problems and providing systems that make the research process more efficient and profitable.

About Devana Solutions:

Devana Solutions®, LLC is a SaaS provider driven by a core belief that data transparency through technology is critical to selection of the top performing research sites to align with pharmaceutical Sponsors and CROs to reduce drug development costs and cure disease.

03 Oct 2018

Power of Integration: SaaS

RealTime-CTMS believes in the power of integration

What is SaaS?
Software as a service offers many advantages over traditional software. Previously, people used floppy disks and CDs to install and update usable software on their computers. Downloading and updating software was a long and painstakingly endless process. That process has now evolved due to software being readily available for download via internet licensing.

SaaS in Clinical Research

SaaS has grown in popularity with the rise of software usage and cloud-based computing. With that in mind, there has been an inevitable need for software management systems in the clinical research industry. Companies like RealTime-CTMS and Devana Solutions® IGNITE FOR SITES allow for customers to purchase licenses rather than installing software the traditional way. Software solutions have never been easier to use and allow a less expensive alternative than traditional software.

The Benefits of Integration Between SaaS Vendors

The idea that any single software platform will serve all the needs of a business is simply not possible.  Many businesses utilize numerous software solutions to handle a wide range of business operations.  The downside of having to use different systems from different vendors is that users must constantly log in to different systems for these functions and often data shared between the systems must be double-entered into each system.  By integrating these systems, vendors of different software types can provide end-users with a whole new level of efficiency.  Data can be shared between the systems and greatly reduce the need to log in and out of the two systems on a regular basis.

Devana Solutions ® IGNITE FOR SITES and RealTime Integration

Devana Solutions ® IGNITE FOR SITES and RealTime Software Solutions are two powerful companies with leading SaaS technologies for clinical research operations. Both companies are major players in the clinical trial software industry and have quickly grown in popularity among sites and sponsors across the globe. RealTime for its ever-popular eSOURCE solution along with its CTMS, eDOCS, TEXT and PAY products. Devana for its ability to streamline operations by automating business development, study start-up activities, and reporting crucial study metrics.

This year, the companies are showing off their products and services at industry conferences and are offering users who take advantage of this game-changing integration a 10% discount off of licensing fees for each system. Learn more about this powerful integration HERE.

Make the switch to SaaS

Switching to SaaS solutions can provide many benefits to the clinical research process. RealTime-CTMS, eSOURCE, eDOCS, TEXT and SitePAY allow sites to easily manage all site operations. RealTime’s solutions allow Sites, Sponsors and CROs the ability to easily track documents, sign forms, manage studies, recruit subjects, and much more! Take your software and your business to the next level and speak to one of our experts today.

For more information on our software solutions, call 210-852-4310

15 Sep 2018

Data in Clinical Research

How electronic data is streamlining clinical research.

Major advancements in technology and cutting-edge software are drastically improving and reconstructing the way research is conducted. The collection of accurate data and information is providing a new perspective on the industry. So, how can electronic data simplify the research process? Let’s break it down.

Accuracy in data

First and foremost, the collected data should be 100% accurate and consistent for future use. Along with accuracy, data should comply with protocol specifics and requirements. For instance, not meeting the protocol-specifications may exclude a patient from the final database. Innovative software combined with accurate data can produce substantial efficiencies and increased precision in clinical trials.

Regulatory requirements

Maintaining an audit trail of data management activities is of vital importance. An audit trail ensures that every user can access only the allotted functions specific to that user. Collecting data on compliant software allows auditors to verify any discrepancies in the data management process.

Efficiency in the research process

Read, sign, done! Yes, it’s that easy. Utilizing software that allows anytime access to study-related data and documentation creates an effective result. Innovative technology along with accurate data is streamlining the research process, making it efficient for all parties (Sponsors, Sites, CROs, the FDA, and IRB).

With these advancements in software and technology, there is an uninventable shift from paper to software systems. RealTime offers innovative software to streamline the way data is collected. RealTime-eSOURCE benefits include:

  • Electronic Source Documents
  • Part II Compliant
  • Safe & Secure Cloud Hosting
  • eSignatures

 

Customized eSOURCE Templates

Build your own eSOURCE form templates that can be reused and/or modified on future studies, simplifying the eSOURCE creation process and saving time on each study.

Data Accuracy Assurances

Build data parameters into form fields to ensure completion, accuracy and eliminate errors. Protocol compliance checks and safety checks can be included to ensure subject eligibility.

Optimized for Multiple Platforms

RealTime-eSOURCE can be utilized on any type of device or display including desktops, laptops, or RealTime’s slick MobileAPP for Apple and Android operating systems.

Collaboration and Oversight

eSOURCE provides complete TEAM collaboration and real-time site monitoring utilizing web-based systems. A query system for CRAs streamlines communication and prevents data inconsistencies.

Efficient Integration Options

Pairing RealTime-eSOURCE with CTMS, eDOCS, TEXT and PAY offers efficient access to site systems and data like no other. Log into one RealTime system instead of many other systems to get the job done!

To learn more about eSOURCE or other RealTime-CTMS solutions, call (210) 852-4310

04 Apr 2018

S.O.M.S. for Leading Research Sites

You have probably heard the term S.O.M.S., but what does it mean?  Quite simply, SOMS stands for Site Operations Management System.  It rhymes with Tom’s… it’s SOMS!

OK, now you can say it, but what is it?  In the vast arena of software available for clinical research sites, there is a lot to navigate and a lot to consider.  The short list would include, CTMS systems, eRegulatory systems, Stipend payment systems, eSOURCE systems for data capture, TEXT systems for appointment reminders and other patient communications, direct mail systems, website study listing and application capture, CRM software for lead management, and more.

There is a lot to keep track of within all these systems.  Sites will need to establish contracts for each of these services/products, establish payment systems for each product, have trained personnel who can run each system, ensure login credentials are maintained and working, transfer data between these systems to perform their designed functions, etc.

With a SOMS system, all the above can be accomplished in one seamless information system. A SOMS system bundles each service into a single user-friendly platform that fully integrates with platforms like WordPress or other website CMS, MailChimp, Facebook and more.  The level of efficiency and cost savings that can be accomplished with this fully integrated system is unparalleled.

There is one other important thing to note.  There is only one vendor on the market that has a SOMS system and that is RealTime Software Solutions.  Individually, RealTime has best-in-class CTMS, eRegulatory, eSOURCE, TEXT, PAY, website integration, MailChimp and Facebook integration and other handy tools. RealTime also provides a user-friendly mobile app for doctor referrals, eSignatures on the go, quick access to study documents, eSOURCE data collection, as well as an Outlook plugin that allows for drag-and-drop documents into eReg binders or other eDOCS storage locations AND MORE.

While other vendors claim to have “integrations” or even similar bundling of software, be sure to compare the capabilities of each of their systems and how they stack up to RealTime’s solutions for each.  RealTime not only offers the best standalone solutions, but the only complete bundling of solutions into a single platform for ultimate efficiency, cost savings and production.  RealTime SOMS.  There is only one and it can be found in leading sites around the world!

Take a look at RealTime.  Choose the right system the first time.  But it’s never too late to make the switch.  Anytime you switch to RealTime, you are right on time. Schedule a demo today to learn how RealTime can help you streamline your processes and drive results. Call (210) 852-4310 or visit
realtime-ctms.com today!

21 Dec 2017

What to look for in a CTMS

Sites have a million things to deal with before, during and after a trial. Coordinators and staff have their plates full every day with paperwork, meetings and hundreds of emails. Starting a new study is not easy, but it can be a whole lot less stressful with the right CTMS.

Choosing the perfect CTMS will help your site become more efficient with just about every aspect of study management and site operations.  A robust CTMS should improve study procurement, start-up, initiation, marketing and recruitment, subject database building, re-marketing and patient engagement, study progress tracking, visit tracking, financial management, stipend management, invoicing and collections, provider payments and even MORE.  But evaluating systems can be challenging, so how do you assess which system has more features and the right features that will truly benefit your site and staff to grow your success?

Things to look for in a CTMS:

  1.  Hosting Architecture: Is the CTMS hosting architecture robust to protect your data and provide excellent performance from anywhere?
  2. Compliance: Does the CTMS hosting meet all of the requirements imposed by HIPAA?
  3. System Integration with Advances Solutions: Can your CTMS integrate with advanced solutions such as Stipend Payment Systems, eRegulatory Systems, and eSOURCE systems? What does that integration really look like?  Is it a true integration where one system from a single vendor houses all of the solutions, or is it a connection between two separate systems that are very different and managed by different vendors?  The latter form of integration has limited benefits and still requires sign-on into multiple systems to manage the functions within each.
  4. Database Growth and Management Tools: Does the CTMS allow you to take full medical, medication and social histories of your patients. Can you run comprehensive criterion searches of your database to locate qualified subjects and reach out to them via email, TEXT, and phone?  Does the CTMS have a complete and user-friendly lead tracking capability?  Does it link up to your website and Facebook to capture applications and build your database faster?
  5. Expert Marketing and Re-marketing Features: Website integration, Facebook integration, Mail client integration, Mass TEXT, Direct TEXT, Auto post-application TEXT are just a few features you can leverage to market your site and receive applications from prospective patients through your CTMS. Sites that have an employ these features will be more successful at meeting enrollment goals than those that do not.
  6. Study Progress and Subject Tracking: Does the CTMS help your staff keep up with study progress and subject visit accruals as well as scheduling of all needed staff and providers to appointments?
  7. Robust Scheduling Capabilities: A good CTMS needs to be able to manage the intricacies of scheduling subjects with needed staff and providers who will be involved in the visit. Multiple calendar options such as individual calendars, departmental calendars, resource calendars and a whole-company calendar can be very beneficial to know who is doing what. Additional features such as Outlook integration, recurring appointments, appointment confirmation reporting and more can be little things that make big differences.
  8. Integrated TEXT options: Whether it be appointment reminders, staff reminders, direct TEXTs to subjects, Mass TEXTs for recruitment, automated TEXTs after web of Facebook applications, not all TEXTing systems are created equal. Be sure and ask about all of the features that the CTMS TEXT features include.
  9. Study Documents and Staff Professional Documents Management: Even if you are not a fully electronic regulatory site, your CTMS should still have electronic document capabilities. Being able to store critical study documents such as ICFs, Protocols, Investigator Brochures, and source documents for all staff and investigators to have access to ensures that doctors and staff can quickly reference these important documents when needed.  Maintaining staff documents such as licenses, certifications, trainings, CVs, etc. can streamline staff and investigator documentation management.  Don’t forget about eSignatures!  Some CTMS systems offer eSignatures and Mobile App capabilities standard!
  10. Reporting is King: Collecting data is one thing, reporting information to measure site and staff performance is another. Ensure that your CTMS has robust reporting capabilities that will help managers and site leadership keep a pulse on production metrics that affect success.
  11. User-friendly and Intuitive Interface: Is the platform intuitive and easy-to-use? This is one of the most critical aspects of a good CTMS. If you don’t have site-wide buy-in and adoption of the CTMS, you will never see the full advantage of CTMS benefits and features.  Be sure to bring your staff into the vetting process and make sure that they agree that the chosen CTMS is going to be the one that makes them more productive and brings the staff together.

 

Whether you already have a CTMS and are looking for a better CTMS solution, or if you are looking to bring on a CTMS for the first time, we hope that you will consider RealTime-CTMS and the host of fully-integrated solutions that RealTime has to offer. RealTime is owned and operated by prior site owners/operators and has thousands of users around the world providing feedback and ideas for newer, better systems. A great CTMS is not built overnight or without the input and collaboration of those that experience the challenges of running a research site every day.

We encourage you to evaluate all of the solutions available because we are passionate about site success and want you to pick the system that ultimately helps you succeed.  We strive to be the best and we hope that, if you ask the right questions, you will see the unparalleled capabilities and value that RealTime has to offer.

14 Aug 2017

RealTime is Changing the CTMS Industry with First-of-its-Kind New App

Research sites can now access popular eDOCS solution on mobile device with new app

SAN ANTONIO—Want to access site eRegulatory files, sign documents with your thumb print, refer a patient to a study or look up site and sponsor contacts all on your mobile device? There’s an app for that!

RealTime-CTMS launched the first-of-its-kind new app this week that allows site staff to use its popular eDOCS solution from an iOS or Android device.

“No other CTMS or eRegulatory system has mobile capabilities like we do,” says RealTime-CTMS CEO, Rick Greenfield. “The ease at which sites can access pertinent information including inclusion and exclusion information, sign documents using finger print technology and even refer patients directly into the CTMS system can’t be matched.”

eDOCS is a cutting-edge system that can be fully integrated with RealTime-CTMS or used as a stand-alone system. The solution enables sites to go fully digital, eliminating messy regulatory binders and paper work. eDOCS has already made a splash in the clinical research world and with the release of the app, industry leaders are expecting the solution to continue to grow in popularity.

“Everything is going mobile, even the clinical trial industry,” says Greenfield. “With the tap of a button on your mobile device, sites now have instant access to information that would otherwise have to be found in bulky binders and loads of paperwork.”

Some features of the new app include the ability for investigators to sign documents using iOS and Android finger print technologies, easy access to site and sponsor contacts on the go and push notifications that alert investigative staff that requests for signatures are pending. The app also allows site staff to refer a patient into a study and instantly access protocol and study information.

“We are very excited about the launch of our app and believe it will greatly increase efficiency and success across our sites,” says Greenfield.

For more information on eDOCS mobile, download the app at the App Store or on Google Play.

About RealTime-CTMS

RealTime Software Solutions, LLC is located in San Antonio, TX and is a leader in database-driven, cloud-based clinical research software solutions. Our focus is on research sites and our goal is to solve problems and provide systems that make the sites more efficient and more profitable. We are constantly listening to our customers to provide new innovations that improve performance and help sites achieve their goals.

28 Jul 2017

Paper Checks Riskier than You Think!

How many checks do you sign each day?

Ten, twenty, fifty?

You issue a check to your subjects after every visit but, how well do you know the person who will cash the check? Can you trust them with your information? Every issued check represents a higher risk of fraud for your company.

It will never happen to my company, you think, but more than 500 million checks are forged annually in the US with an estimated calculated loss of $18.7 billion! If your company becomes a victim of fraud, it can take up to 18 months before the scheme is detected.

Every check you give out has your company’s routing and account number, and an authorized signer’s name/signature. With that information, anyone with a printer and an internet connection could commit fraud against you.

How?

  1. Using information located right on each check that you hand out, fraud is not too difficult:
  • If the person committing fraud simply knows who the authorized signor(s) are, then fake ID(s) can easily be created.
  • Since each check that you send out has the authorized signor’s signature, forgery is as easy as a little bit of practice!
  • Fake withdrawals can be initiated or fake checks created with the above information.
  1. Using chemical washes used to remove the ink to change the check dollar amounts or payee.

 

RealTime-PAY Solution

As previous research site staff, the RealTime team can relate to challenges at the site level. We know about the burdens involved with generating paper checks, the risks associated with this and the long administrative processes. That’s why we have created a user-friendly stipend portal for all sites!

RealTime-PAY has innovative technology that enables world-class security and robust features such as intuitive management portals and subject mobile apps.

How it works:

  1. Give your patients a reloadable Visa/Mastercard that can be used as a debit or credit card.
  2. Once the visit is complete, mark it as ‘complete’ in the RealTime system.
  3. You can authorize the visit payment immediately, or wait and pay all stipends at a later date.
  4. Funds are loaded instantly on to the patient’s card and can be used right away!

Streamlining your stipend payment process, while providing your patients with a convenient payment card will protect your company’s bank account information and company assets.

Simplify processes, maximize performance, increase profits, and security with RealTime-PAY!
To find out more about RealTime-PAY, call us at (210) 852-4310 or click HERE to schedule a 30-minute demo today!

“RealTime has made the running of our research office so much more efficient. The customer service is always courteous, knowledgeable and FAST! We had an issue with fraud at our site and RealTime came along beside us and expedited getting RealTime Pay started at our site. The staff and the subjects love RealTime Pay. It has made stipend payments much easier. Our site also utilizes eDOCS, TEXT and of course, CTMS. We have been very happy with this software. “ –Director of Research, site in Austin, Texas