The responsive and caring clinical trial of the future

Jerry Matczak
Barry Crist


Patients who participate in clinical trials generously contribute their data to advance medicine. But because of standard clinical research practices, this contribution doesn’t come easily. For example, many patients do not know clinical trials are a healthcare option, and if they do, they have no easy mechanism to find an appropriate trial. To participate in a clinical trial, patients must travel to a local research site (if there is one) and disrupt their lives to complete trial requirements. Once the trial is complete, patients are often not acknowledged for their contribution.  

Using patient-centered innovation and emerging technologies, we can do better. We can transform the clinical trial experience to one that demonstrates responsiveness and caring, and that will integrate well into a patient’s day-to-day life.

For example, patients’ personal health records and wireless device data could be used to automatically match them to appropriate clinical trials. During trial participation, mobile technologies could eliminate or reduce the need for local site visits, enable frictionless data collection, and facilitate the involvement of care teams and patient advocates. Upon trial completion, we could celebrate patient contributions by sharing their health information and clinical trial results in human- and machine readable formats. 

Disrupting the traditional clinical trial model will not be easy, but the rewards are great. We have an opportunity not only to improve the lives of clinical trial participants, but also the lives of anyone who benefits from rapid medical advancement. By making clinical trial participation easier and more fulfilling, we encourage greater participation, in turn increasing both the quantity and the quality of clinical trial data. More and better data ultimately means more and better treatments for everyone. 

This presentation will explore pivotal developments in the evolution of clinical trials, including: 
  • Why the current clinical trial model is bad for patients and medical advancement
  • How patient-centered innovation and emerging technologies can disrupt the current clinical trial model
  • How clinical trials can be integrated into daily lives, and shines as examples of responsiveness and caring
  • What a new clinical trial model could mean for the future of patients and medical innovation
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