Artificial intelligence is creeping into every facet of our lives. The Internet is littered with articles heralding new ways artificial intelligence can be used in medicine. Whether or not you want to trust a computer algorithm to diagnose cancer is up to you, but it isn’t going away. That leaves the medical community and its patients only one question, “How much AI is too much?” AI in clinical trials is making its way into that segment of medicine as well. The reasons for employing AI in clinical trials is a little different, but no less a consideration. What does this mean for trial participants?
The concept of AI may make some a little suspicious, with memories of Terminator coming to mind. We’re not talking about robotic doctors here. Artificial intelligence is combining technology and mathematical algorithms to aid in diagnosis and treatment. This could be a beneficial way to accurately diagnose or even predict some dire disease prognosis in the future. What’s the harm in that?
AI In Clinical Trials Could Help Meet Gaps In Recruitment
Clinical trials face a long road when it comes to getting off the ground and completion. Many fail to realize that a drug coming to market takes years of clinical research before it ever sees the light of TV commercial day. The likelihood of completion success is hindered by many factors that AI in clinical trials could help fix.
For instance, one of the toughest parts of getting a clinical trial off the ground is recruiting the right candidates to be trial participants. There could be plenty of willing candidates, but they need to meet stringent requirements to be eligible to be a trial participant.
AI in clinical trials is being used for better recruitment of clinical trial participants, being able to filter the right candidates with less human error better. It’s interesting to think about the ability of a computer algorithm to be able to sort this out with less time involved with clinical assistants. It certainly is more cost-effective than hiring more staff to handle more recruitment efforts.
AI Doesn’t Ever Consider The Human Factor In Clinical Trials
There is also a thought that AI could help with trial participants, as one of the main barriers to clinical trial success is the often ineffective ways that CROs monitor trial participants. Could AI in clinical trials be the solution to this problem?
It is proposed that AI could help alert BioPharma and CROs when trial participants are giving indications of not following through with trial milestones and checkpoints. Will that be enough to support the trial participant stay motivated to continue if clinical assistants are only checking in when they know they are losing them?
Technology does a lot for us. Is it the solution to everything? When does AI become too impersonal to be effective with helping human trial participants see a clinical trial through to completion? Many questions still linger around how a clinical trial participant will respond to artificial intelligence being part of their clinical trial experience.
Technology And Humans Can Work With AI To Do More
What if AI in clinical trials aided humans, with the help of communication platforms that already exist, to recruit better and keep trial participants engaged through to trial completion? Is there a way to use it all for the benefit of everyone involved?
eCare Vault is the first solution of its kind to use technology as a communication bridge between both BioPharma, CROs and trial participants. Where humans may fail to stay engaged, eCare Vault is there as a ready resource for BioPharma organizations and CROs in collecting data and keeping trial participants engaged, as well as providing trial participants with a 24x7 communication tool.
Keeping your trial participants involved in your clinical trial may be as easy as them downloading an app to their phone. What could your CRO do with AI and 24hr access to your trial participants?
If you’d like to find out more about how eCare Vault can help your CRO get to trial completion faster and with a better trial experience for all, contact us today for a free consultation.