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11 Apr 2018
what to look for in an eRegulatory system

Searching for an eRegulatory system? Here’s What to Look For

A few years ago, eRegulatory systems were nothing more than sponsor-fed trial master files requiring sites to complete double, and sometimes triple, the amount of work.  Anytime site regulatory personnel heard “electronic regulatory” they cringed at the idea of interrupting their day-to-day flow to maintain these systems in addition to their paper binders.

Due to these past experiences, the benefits of site-based eRegulatory systems were hard to imagine.  With the introduction of new technology and advanced software systems to support it, sites now have every opportunity to utilize eRegulatory systems to streamline regulatory processes, maximize cost-effectiveness, and make study information much more accessible to all parties like never before!

Why the change to eRegulatory?

The transition to eRegulatory in our industry can be largely attributed to advancements in technology and the “mobile revolution,” providing individuals access to the internet and advanced mobile features in the palm of their hands.  eRegulatory software has been designed to make clinical research more efficient by capturing electronic signatures, reducing the need for repetitive filing and clerical work, reducing paper and storage costs, and providing site’s consistency from study binder to study binder.

In the last few years, the industry’s attitude towards eRegulatory has shifted and now a rapidly growing number of sites embrace these new technologies to cut costs and increase efficiency. The development of innovative technology from mobile apps to user-friendly software has enabled sites and sponsors to save time and money while keeping all the important documents in one place, eliminating redundant tasks and reducing the possibility of human error. It is the combination of advanced technology and smarter software, that has allowed sites to truly move towards a paperless environment.

What should I look for in an eRegulatory system?

All eRegulatory systems are not the same.  Comparing the features and capabilities of systems is critical, so you have to know what to look for to make a good decision.  Below are some of the primary things to consider as you evaluate the various eRegulatory systems on the market:

User experience: User experience is one of the most important considerations when looking at systems. An eRegulatory system, designed to replace well-established paper systems, needs to provide an intuitive, efficient and user-friendly experience.   Everything from navigation, document upload, Outlook integration, drag-and-drop folder and document sorting are all features that make the user’s job easier.

When it comes to features, there is a lot to consider when evaluating various systems.  Here are some of the primary features that you may want to consider:

Reg Binder Format Template Set-up: The ability to set up your unique folder structure for your company’s regulatory binders that follow your specific company SOPs.

Document Versioning Control: The ability to track versions of documents.  For instance, protocol and ICF updates that show the succession of documents, oldest to newest, and prevents users from accidentally accessing an old version of a file for current use.

Document Expiration Tracking and Notifications: Having the ability to assign an expiration to a document and system notification to alert your staff that a document has expired and needs updating.

eSignatures: Part-11 Compliant eSignatures for all study documents including capturing multiple eSignatures on documents, Outlook eSignature integration capabilities, and mobile app eSignature capture.

Mobile App: A mobile app that allows staff to view all regulatory documents, eSign documents as requested, review study inclusion/exclusion on the go and refer subjects with a click of a button in the mobile app. (Download the RealTime Mobile App in the App Store or Google Play)

Outlook integration: An integration that allows your staff to connect directly with their eRegulatory system to drag and drop documents into the regulatory binders, eSign documents and more

Monitoring Portal (multiple role types) (query system): Having a monitor/auditor-specific portal for multiple monitors/auditors that allow for complete document review, issuance of queries that alert staff, and a way for staff to respond and resolve issued queries.  These portals allow monitors/auditors to have remote access to the eRegulatory binders which will cause your sponsors and CROs to fall in love with your eReg system.

Central Documents: A place to store non-study-specific documents such as temperature logs, company training, calibration records, etc.  Central documents should be easily pushed to study binders as-needed.

Staff Documents: A professional, educational, and training tracking system (PETS) to store the documents for each staff member, study provider, investigator etc.  These documents would include CVs, licenses, GCP training, IATA certifications and more and would easily be pushed into all studies that the staff member is associated with for view by monitors and auditors.  Of course, staff documents should also have version control and expiration dates tracked.

Subject Documents: A place to store subject-specific documents such as medical records, signed ICFs, and other study-specific subject documents.

Compliance with Part-11 and HIPAA:  In order to meet FDA Part-11 and HIPAA compliance, your eRegulatory system must provide several important features such as User Audit Trails, User Password Rules and Controls, Encryption of Data in motion and at rest, validated software, and compliant eSignatures, just to name a few. These are required and will be verified by the FDA and must be present during an audit.

Additionally, only a few eRegulatory systems on the market have third-party Part-11 review documentation that confirms that all of these requirements are met.  Don’t gamble your site’s integrity with a system that does NOT have a validated third-party assurance letter.

Communication/Integration with other systems: The last thing site personnel need is yet another portal to log into.  Will your site team have to launch into multiple systems to manage eRegulatory subject recruitment, CTMS, or pay accounts, each with a different username and password?  Having to function in multiple systems will put a strain not only on user experience but possibly work productivity itself.

The idea of using one system and one login to access all your sites needs is completely possible and being able to pair products and system integrations are key.

Customer Support: With the idea of pairing separate products and integrating systems together comes the need to access different software support teams. However, if you are using two different systems (i.e., CTMS and eRegulatory by different vendors) you will likely not enjoy the same level of integration and features that would come from having both systems in the same platform by the same vendor.  Your staff will also have to work in separate systems even if there is some level of integration for sign-on and data sharing.

Pricing, pricing, pricing! Maximizing cost-effectiveness also includes pricing. eRegulatory systems typically have a start-up, in addition to a per-study fee.  Those rates can possibly be adjusted depending on other products you use with the company or if you are contracted for a set amount of studies.

Contracts can be a bit tricky though.  Be aware of contracts that lock you into a lower rate for the per study fee but obligate you to use their system, whether you like the system or not, until you reach your set amount of studies.  Some systems charge annual storage fees per study, so over time you may be paying a very large annual fee for storage that will grow larger each year.  These storage fees can really add up so consider a system that has no annual storage fees!

When choosing an eRegulatory system consider asking for a demo to test the interface and the overall user experience. Be sure to inquire about possibilities of integrating with other systems and if they’ve had issues with connectivity in the past. If this is the case, ask how long it would take to solve said connectivity problems. Finally, before signing, look out for hidden storage fees or binding contracts.

Unparalleled user features and experience, great customer support, and competitive pricing are just a few of the advantages of RealTime-eDOCS for paperless eRegulatory. All of our solutions (CTMS, eDOCS, eSOURCE, TEXT and PAY) can be used as stand-alone systems or can fully-integrate with each other! If you are interested in learning more about our products call (210) 852-4310 or click HERE.

25 Aug 2017

A mobile app that makes everything simple

As a clinical researcher, being at your desk to take care of study documentation, patient referrals and everything else that goes into managing your studies can be difficult and time-consuming.  That’s why our team has created a mobile app that lets you access all your files, contacts, patient referrals, and inclusion/exclusion criteria on the go.  RealTime-eDOCS has become an industry-leading eRegulatory system that streamlines the way sites, sponsors and CROs manage regulatory documents.

If you are a current RealTime user, you know how intuitive and user-friendly our solutions are. Our eDOCS mobile app is no exception! The eDOCS app is tailored to meet the needs of clinical research sites, staff and doctors.

Before the eDOCS mobile app, you would have to wait to get to your office in the morning to refer patients, sign documents, request signatures, manage contacts, and navigate your regulatory files.

Now with the eDOCS mobile app, all the information you need is at your fingertips!  Anytime, anywhere, you can review all regulatory documents for your studies, sign important documents with your fingerprint, refer patients into studies, access important staff and study contacts and more right from you tablet or phone.  No other eRegulatory system has this capability!  Whether you are moving to eRegulatory, or already using an eRegulatory system, make the move to eDOCS to maximize efficiency and cost savings.

What can the eDOCS mobile app do for you?

  • Manage signature requests on the go by receiving and sending notifications. The app allows you to quickly view or search your signature requests.
  • Instantly sign documents with fingerprint technology.
  • Refer patients to your CTMS, which will increase the number of referrals from your doctors and boost your recruitment efforts.
  • Navigate eRegulatory files.
  • Quickly access your study and staff contacts.

Call RealTime today for a demo of our eDOCS system and the mobile app.  See the future of eRegulatory being led by RealTime!  Click here to schedule a demo or call us at (210) 852 – 4310.

By the way, if you are an eDOCS or eDOCS LITE user, find the app on Google Play or the App Store.

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.