Power in numbers
By: Annie Bing | January 03, 2017
When clinical research sites join networks, they can leverage the expertise of the collective, generating real benefits for sponsors.
Being a part of a team means always being able to rely on the expertise and experience of others. That combination of talent, experiences and lessons learned allows teams to deliver better results and avoid the pitfalls that can come when individuals try to do everything on their own.
The same may soon be true for clinical research sites.
For decades most sites have operated as stand-alone facilities. And while they may be reliable and familiar as independent operations, they can’t achieve economies of scale because every project they deliver, and every upgrade they make must be supported entirely within their own operation. That is not to say these sites don’t do a great job, but working on their own they don’t always have the resources or experience to achieve desired efficiency gains.
To overcome this shortcoming, many research sites are joining networks that help them harness the power of their collective knowledge and resources to improve operations and better integrate research into patient care. By working together, these sites are able to invest in more innovative technology, and share knowledge and best practices to improve their delivery. Such networks not only deliver benefits to the sites, they also generate greater value for sponsors in several ways:
The benefits of networked clinical research sites aren’t hypothetical. Since 2011, QuintilesIMS data shows that networks represented more than half of our top 10 recruiting sites in the US. At last year’s MAGI West Conference, I gave a presentation on the evolving site landscape and the increasingly important role these networks play in driving efficiencies and quality into the research process.
The advantages of networks, coupled with our focus on helping sites integrate research into patient care, led to our recent launch of Qcare, a site services provider that takes site networking to the next level by providing full-service administrative support to research sites, including research coordinators, regulatory support, contracting, and patient recruitment expertise.
The goal of Qcare is to take the administrative burden off of sites, enable them to plug into a larger network, and give them access to the QuintilesIMS pipeline of studies. It creates a bridge for sites that excel in patient care to expand their research operations and take advantage of the expertise and infrastructure that a site network can provide. This benefits the sites, the patients, and sponsors who will have access to an increasingly broad network of preferred locations with the confidence that all provide the same quality of service.