EMRs and Clinical Research: Current and Potential Impact


In this report, ISR leverages the insights and real-world experiences investigative sites have with electronic medical records (EMRs) and clinical trials. The report examines how sites currently use EMRs for various clinical trial activities and provides recommendations to improve trial efficiency.

  • How EMRs are being used in clinical trials – benefits, drawbacks, and suggestions for EMR integration and adapting to workflow
  • The process for utilizing EMRs at investigative sites for clinical research is far from standardized – identify the impact this underperformance is having on feasibility, recruitment, timelines, CRF data entry, and patient care
  • Which EMR vendors are currently being used and how satisfied sites are with these systems with respect to the clinical trial process
  • Next steps for EMR adoption. Increasing the use of EMR in clinical studies

For Sponsors and CROs:

  • Benchmark the industry’s use of EMR and understand the advantages and limitations from a site perspective
  • Leverage sites that use EMR vendors with the highest site satisfaction
  • Strengthen relationships with sites by understanding their expectations for use, integration, and their need for assistance
  • Understand the impact EMRs are having on sites’ ability to develop trial efficiencies

For Technology Providers:

  • Benchmark your performance against your competition
  • Anticipate how changes in trial volume and adoption/penetration will affect your future business opportunities
  • Identify operational improvements and product characteristics that impact trial success and optimize user experience
  1. EMR adoption and impact. How EMR systems are being used in clinical trials. The EMR benefits found, what drawbacks are being experienced, and the top suggestions for EMR integration into clinical research operations
  2. Process development. Sites’ current use of EMR systems for feasibility, patient recruitment, and CRF data entry. The processes sites use regarding EMR and the overall success of these processes
  3. Vendor use and sponsor/CRO involvement. List of EMR vendors that sites are using and sites’ satisfaction with EMR vendors. The roles sponsors and CROs are playing in EMR adoption, if any. Expectations investigative sites have for how sponsors and CROs can/ should assist with EMR applications
  4. Future of EMR. Next steps for EMR adoption. Increasing the use of EMR in clinical studies
  5. Complete study data. In this section ISR provides all of the data collected in the survey

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