March Madness: A Conference Whirlwind Recap

March 22, 2013

  • eTMF Events

The first two weeks of March provided our Wingspan team with a number of opportunities to meet with our colleagues in the eClinical space and learn about industry and regulatory developments.  Two of our major conferences, DIA Euro Meeting and CBI’s ClinTech were scheduled for back to back weeks, which made the term March Madness very accurate in our offices.

First, we traveled across the Atlantic to Amsterdam for the DIA Euro Meeting. Although many of the sessions at the meeting were not clinically focused, we attended an interesting workshop on A Framework for the Destruction of Paper.  Many companies are rooted in the mentality of “when in doubt, keep it!” However, to move towards the goal of running paperless clinical trials, we know that we need to eliminate the creation and collection of paper documents.  The DIA SIAC for Document and Records Management developed the Framework for the Destruction of Paper to help companies achieve this goal.  They aim to provide a set of guidelines and considerations to serve as a basis for developing company-specific policies and practices.  One case study showed that a Top 10 pharma has developed a validated process for scan/capture activities and is destroying all documents without a wet ink signature as a result.  Has your company tried to eliminate any paper in your clinical trials? If so, let me know in the comments section.

After a week in Europe, we headed back home for the premier of CBI ClinTech.  This conference merged several events into one giant conference on eClinical technology and provided breakout sessions on CTMS, Portals, eTMF and EDC.  The conference finished on Wednesday with a Cloud Seminar.

Many of the presentations during ClinTech stressed the importance of mining data from all of the eClinical resources we now have access to in our companies.  Barbara Tardiff, of Pfizer opened her keynote presentation with a clip of the trailer of Moneyball, a movie starring Brad Pitt and based on the book by Michael Lewis.  Moneyball told the story of how the GM of the Oakland Athletics used data and analytics to assemble a winning baseball team.  Tardiff, whose presentation was rooted in the baseball analogy, went on to explain that current and long-term opportunities arise with data analysis: we can improve clinical study design, identify additional participants and gain data-driven indication discovery when we leverage the information now present through our systems. We can learn the keys to success with data analysis.

Wingspan’s CEO, Troy Deck also spoke on the importance of data and metrics in the eTMF track on Day 2.  A copy of his presentation can be viewed here.

Now, we’re settled back into the Wingspan offices and ready to take all of our new knowledge and turn it into product improvements. Did you attend either conference? Tell me the most important lesson you learned in the comments section!