The setting could not have been better: South Beach Miami, a full moon, and the SCOPE Summit for Clinical Ops Executives, which delivered on its promise to offer “three stimulating days of in-depth discussions focused on issues related to each aspect of clinical trial planning and management.”
The discussions and presentations at the event covered a variety of topics and were based on real world experiences, which I always find adds an extra dimension to the learning process. I attended several that covered the challenges of integration as they relate to clinical data and what became very clear, very quickly, is this: the velocity, volume, and variety of data that needs to be integrated before, during, and after clinical trials is growing—with no end in sight! All this while clinical processes are evolving to address the needs of precision medicine.
One session I found particularly interesting was titled Integrating In-House and Cloud Based Infrastructure. It highlighted experiences and issues integrating internal, central, and external lab systems—and more. The core integration challenge here is the fact that the increasing need for hybrid integration is being significantly hampered by the speed and complexity of the data to be integrated, along with the lack of technologies available to do it.
Another great session, titled Operationalizing Precision Medicine, highlighted the challenges pharmas face as they evolve to a clinical model suited to handle samples, clinical data, and central and partner labs involved in precision medicine research. Key points included the idea that “the processes” must change, along with the technology, and that any new integration technology must support dynamic, multi-partner, multi-device, and multi-region requirements.
As one session participant noted, “We not only have to manage and maintain our current data and processes, but we now must determine what ideas are worth watching, need to be prepared for, or just put aside. The clinical professional is no longer just executing clinical trials; they are helping shape the next generation of clinical process to align with changing pharmaceutical clinical practices.”
Last month’s summit was a great learning experience for me and I’m eager to put the knowledge I’ve gained to good use in my role here at Liaison helping healthcare and life sciences organizations find smarter ways to integrate and manage data. If you weren’t able to attend, I strongly suggest adding it to your must-do list for next year—it’s definitely worth your while. And if we’re really lucky, maybe the moon will treat us to another spectacular showing!
If you have any SCOPE Summit or integration experiences you’d like to share, I’d love to hear them.
By Vince Hibbs, Liaison Technologies Senior Account Executive, Healthcare and Life Sciences
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