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USA: Clinical Data Collection SQN Clinical Introduces Real-Time Analytics Tool

Editor: MA Alexander Stark

The cloud-based suite SQN Health Analytics is the latest addition to SQN Health, the electronic data capture (EDC) system that incorporates the recently launched, patient-centric,electronic patient reported outcomes (e-Pro) app. With high-level summary information, advanced filtering options and the ability to drill down to individual patient records, the system is intended to replace manual, complex and time-consuming data exploration.

Example of a flexible study dashboard designed to meet project and clinical oversight needs
Example of a flexible study dashboard designed to meet project and clinical oversight needs
(Source: SQN Clinical)

Diss/UK — Tony Rees, Director at SQN Clinical, explains that reliable data was the cornerstone of clinical research and thanks to recent advances in technology his company could now collect more meaningful and usable information than ever before. The challenge was to maximise the use of data to better support the clinical trial process and patient oversight. Their advanced data analytics, incorporating artificial intelligence (AI) components, now delivered some of the most advanced project and clinical oversight capability within the industry, he added. With the new system, sponsors now have greater control, identifying potential issues before they arise and allowing for more robust trial management and in-trial decision making, the company claims.

Sponsors have to demonstrate effective oversight of their clinical trials and increasingly have the need to explore data relationships and various clinical parameters. SQN Clinical Analytics delivers this in real-time allowing for data review, patient profiling and exploratory analysis in dynamic ways not previously seen. This adds significant value to the management of patients and trials and is of particular benefit in supporting data safety monitoring boards (DSMB).

The system can display any trial data in a clear and uncluttered way, real-time, anytime and anywhere. Reports and snapshots can still be generated for any point in the trial, providing reliable data for review meetings and to support decision making. The system allows for comparative analytics between or within trials, providing the opportunity to explore relationships and patterns that weren't easy to see before.

The analytics suite is fully integrated with our EDC and e-Pro systems providing a seamless data ecosystem. It gives sponsors access to information according to their role and the predefined access rights given to them. Senior teams can view high-level data for oversight management, comparing multiple sites and tandem trials. Dashboards with user-defined KPIs provide an instant snapshot of any element of the trial, and the data can be sorted and filtered in multiple ways to show any combination of factors.

By cross-comparing data from both the EDC and e-Pro systems the user can clearly see the impact of patient-reported outcomes on clinical trial data, supporting the Food and Drugs Administration (FDA) focus on the importance of this information. The systems' analytics does not use generic software adapted from another unrelated industry but has been specifically designed and built to support the complexity of clinical trial designs and their unique underlying data needs. It brings the data to life in a way not previously seen and includes a dynamic option to export selected data for further review, analysis and reporting.

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