Tuesday, May 19, 2015

CTMS Site Visits

On Friday and then again on Monday, approximately 10 MHRI leaders went on a 'road trip' to evaluate Clinical Trial Management Systems (CTMS). 

A CTMS is a workflow and repository of clinical trials administration, operations and management activities. It adds value by streamlining and standardizing the planning, execution and tracking of clinical research.  By acquiring a CTMS system with our academic partners at Georgetown, we will have a common platform that will allow for efficient, effective and compliant conduct of clinical trials across the system.

After sending out a formal 'Request for Proposals' and conducting demonstrations with vendors here at MedStar-Georgetown, we narrowed it down to two final CTMS vendors.  For these, we wanted to see it in action and talk to the team that implemented them within a busy academic hospital -  we were fortunate that UT (Univ of Texas) Southwestern in Dallas and Yale-New Haven Hospital in Connecticut were nice enough to host us, each for a day. 

As you can see from the pictures below, we had expertise from several areas of our MHRI research operation attend and were joined by our colllagues from Georgetown University Medical Center.  We learned a lot and will be in a much better position to get a CTMS system that works best for us.  The plan is to select the system over the next few months and start installation in the upcoming academic year.

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