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San Diego Convention Center

Jun 23, 2019 9:00 AM - Jun 23, 2019 12:30 PM

111 W Harbor Drive, , San Diego, CA 92101 , USA

#27: eCOA 101: The What, Why, and How of eCOA to Reduce Barriers to Adoption in Clinical Studies


Evidence suggests that capturing clinical outcome assessment data electronically (eCOA) has many benefits over paper. However, barriers to adoption still remain. Poor adoption is in part attributable to unfamiliarity with benefits, but also poor experiences during study start-up, absence of clear expectations among sponsors and vendors, and misalignment among all stakeholders. This is also an area where no formal training exists for sponsors or eCOA providers. This short course is designed to introduce participants to key eCOA topics including:

  • Benefits of and barriers to eCOA adoption
  • Regulatory guidance applicable to eCOA vendors
  • Key measurement science and design principles applicable when using eCOA
  • Considerations when choosing a solution for your study based on study design and patient population
  • Start-up processes and considerations for migrating from paper to electronic modes of data collection, developing specification documents, and conducting user acceptance testing
  • Role of sponsors and sites in the trial technology implementation process and in optimizing quality of data collected with eCOA
  • Best practice recommendations for training site staff and study subjects on eCOA data collection in clinical trials
  • Considerations for the use of bring your own device (BYOD) in clinical trials

The interactive short course, created in collaboration with the Critical Path Institute’s ePRO Consortium, will provide real world examples and case studies including challenges and proposed solutions for the audience to work through in small groups.

An additional registration fee is required for all preconference short courses.

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Who should attend?

This short course is designed for individuals in the clinical operations, digital technologies, procurement, clinical science or outcomes research areas at pharmaceutical companies who are considering collection of eCOA data or evaluating eCOA technology providers for their clinical studies. eCOA provider staff and developers new to the field would also benefit from this course.

Learning objectives

At the conclusion of this course, participants should be able to:

  • Review benefits and challenges of capturing electronic clinical outcome assessment (eCOA) data in clinical trials;
  • Identify measurement science principles applicable to eCOA data capture and considerations for measurement comparability;
  • Discuss roles and responsibilities of eCOA providers, sponsors and sites in the implementation/deployment of clinical trials collecting electronic COA data.

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