CONSHOHOCKEN, Pa., Sept. 9, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- ePharmaSolutions announced the deployment of its global 2-way Study Messaging Solution (SMS) for clinical trial patient recruitment and retention.
More than 30% of patients drop out of clinical research studies, costing the pharmaceutical industry hundreds of millions of dollars per year. The problem is compounded by the fact that 40% of patients who remain in the studies are non-compliant with the protocol visit schedule, resulting in additional costs and delays. These problems can be avoided if sponsors accelerate adoption of currently available texting solutions used to remind patients of their upcoming visits.
"Our Study Messaging Solution (SMS) was designed specifically for global patient recruitment and retention with the sponsor, site, and patient in mind," stated Wes Martz, Head of Global Patient Recruitment for ePharmaSolutions. "We have more than 12,000 patients in 54 countries using our texting solutions over the last few years and are seeing excellent results in terms of patient retention and compliance," added Martz.
While SMS texting for clinical trial recruitment and retention has been available for several years and shows great promise, site adoption of these solutions have been slower than expected due to the extra work required to enter each patient's information, visit schedule and reminder message. ePharmaSolutions developed the SMS to programmatically populate and update the patient information and visit schedule to reduce site workload and improve adoption rates throughout the study.
"We used Web 2.0 technologies to develop the most advanced study messaging solution available. Our integrations with leading CTMS and IVRS vendors make it simple to auto-populate study information to reduce site workload and has been incorporated into Patient Recruitment Manager application to provide study teams and sites with interactive recruitment and retention reports from all outreach tactics used on a study," stated Steven Beales, ePharmaSolutions Vice President of Information Technology.
ePharmaSolutions is a leading provider of technology-based clinical services that helps improve the way sites are selected, trained, activated and managed to exceed enrollment goals. ePharmaSolutions won the 2009 Bio-IT World Award for best clinical trial technology supporting more than 260,000 clinical researchers in 120 countries for the top 20 pharmaceutical companies in the world. For a demonstration of the system please visit www.epharmasolutions.com/sms. For more information visit www.ePharmaSolutions.com or call 610-832-9915. Follow us on LinkedIn and Facebook.