I just got back from a conference where I spent three days asking one simple question over and over again to hundreds of PI's, Trial Managers, and Study Coordinators: "Do you include line items for study inventory & supply management in your Sponsor budgets?"
9 times out of 10 the answer was, "No - but I'd love to learn how!"
We recently conducted a global survey of clinical research sites around the world.
The goal was to better understand the challenges sites face when it comes to tracking, organizing, and managing their study drugs, lab kits, devices, specimen shippers, and everything else their clinical trials require (and the list goes on and on).
Not surprisingly, we discovered that most sites don't actively manage their clinical trial supplies and inventory. The ones that do rely on sticky notes and spreadsheets as their main tools. It's clear to most Study Coordinators why sticky notes are not an ideal long term solution for inventory management, but what about spreadsheets?
We are living in the age of information, witnessing the development of the Internet of things, the slow march forward of artificial intelligence, and a renaissance of global communication. All of this is powered by automation. How will this change the world of clinical research?