Drug Development Cycle is a vast area and throws a lot of job opportunities. Clinical Research in itself is a smaller part of the DDC. This field serves with lot of career options for life science graduates. In fact, within a limited area of Clinical trials, opportunities are lurking from every corner.
What is Clinical Trial/Research?
The studies that are conducted to evaluate the efficacy, safety and quality of investigational products, whether biological, medical device, drugs or medical procedures on humans in a scientifically controlled setting is termed as Clinical Research.
Some of the career options to consider in field of medical research include:
- Clinical Research Associate (CRA)
- Clinical Research Coordinator (CRC)
- Data Validator
- Scientific writer
- Data Manager v
- Quality Analyst (Quality Assurance and Quality Control)
- Data Entry Operator
A CRA usually deals with the administration and monitoring the progress of the progress of Clinical Trials. A CRC, as the name signified deals with the coordination of the trial at the site. They assist the investigator through the procedures. The Investigator is responsible for conducting studies at trial site. Investigator is responsible for the rights, health and welfare of the study subjects.
Scientific writers are those that prepare the essential documents like Protocols and other rules. The bio statisticians are those who are knowledgeable in the field of Clinical Research to analyze and assess the collected data from the trial. And quality analysts keep a check on the maintenance of quality throughout the conduction of the trial.
Data Managers will take care of the entire data management process right from entering the data to forms to final analysis. Data Entry Operator transfers the data on Case Report Forms for further analysis. In order to apply for these profiles, you can be directly employed by the contract research organizations or you can contact pharmaceutical companies for jobs. You may be working for individual data management units or hospitals.
What is the impact of Automation in Clinical Trials?
While Clinical trial is basically a non-automated process, the advanced technologies have made its debut into this field as well. What is its impact and what are the results, here is some light:
Using automated systems can partially help to replace the manual inventive tasks that can be accomplished via machinery in quick and better ways. While it does not eliminate the employees, it elevates them to operational mode and higher functional roles that helps to accomplish the job in better ways.
Use of spreadsheets, papers and other documents needed for the workload lead to a lot of discrepancies and waste. This can be dealt better with the automated noting of readings.
Improved Quality and Consistency
Automation tools are free from fatigue and human errors and thus, they can help to give consistent basis of careful activities. It has already been proven that automation in medical records, decision support and order entries has resulted in reduced complications, cost and death rates.
Increased Predictability of Outcomes
When the patient follows standard care supported by automated process, it is likely that they will stay on right tracks for predicted outcomes. Furthermore, automation can also help to detect when a patient has deviated from the plan recommended so that the team can intervene and take care.
Data Driven Insights
Technology is being used to automate process and it can also deliver wealth of data with continuous loop of feedback. These feedbacks can be further used for optimization and improvement. With every cycle, the automated systems can collect data, analyze the working of process and then use the results to improve the program. This way, the entire process will become, accurate, helpful and more efficient in terms of team’s workload.
A nurse supported automated system can handle a wide population of patient at one time. Instead of handling all the ups and downs of headcount for every time the participant’s volume increases or shrinks, an automated platform can scale up the flexibility and address groups of all sizes.
When looking for areas of application of automation in medical trials, a repeatable and standardized process is the first factor you need to look for. Within the testing area, any common procedure that is being performed on a larger population on routine basis can be chosen first. Ask yourself this question: Which program would you rather have? And the answer is the best choice then.