Can you imagine life without computers?
Almost every facet of our lives are influenced in one way or another by computer technology. Various software are developed throughout the years and these are geared toward different uses such as games, computing, manufacturing, communication and business.
One of the fields where computer technology plays a vital role is in clinical research management. With all the advancements in research that was brought about by computers, one may wonder how medical researchers and drug developers in the pre-computer era conducted their clinical trials.
Nowadays, there are software companies that develop software applications that help pharmaceutical and biotech organizations process data in their researches, thereby improving data quality and minimizing risks of errors.
In addition, software solutions used in clinical research management are often programmed to comply with the registry of clinical trials (ClinicalTrials.gov) run by the United States National Library of Medicine, with the European Union Drug Regulating Authorities Clinical Trials or EudraCT and with other registry timelines. These software not only track compliance dates, they manage disclosure workflows and activities as well.
We can say that, indeed, the advent of computers rapidly changed the way things are done in various fields, including clinical researches or trials.