The idea of CRAACO (Clinical Research as a Care Option) is one that traditional healthcare providers are still getting their minds around. To be sure, BioPharma and CROs are using medicine too, and working to treat an illness or chronic medical condition. Where is the disconnect with doctors in seeing clinical trials as a bonafide healthcare option?
The trouble lies in a few different areas that create walls between BioPharma, CROs and traditional healthcare providers working together in the best interest of the patient. Both sides do want a positive outcome for the patient, so how can they work together toward their shared goals?
Is it really possible for BioPharma, CROs and traditional healthcare providers to start working together to advance medicine? How can we make that happen easily?
CROs and Traditional Healthcare Providers Need To Communicate
Segmented communication leaves lots of room for misinterpretation. Most of the time, a patient’s doctor is not actively involved in their participation in a clinical trial. If a doctor does want more information on a patient’s progress in a clinical trial, it usually comes with printed out information or verbal communication from the patient.
Since almost every EHR is a closed loop, involving a patient’s doctor in the clinical notes is not possible. Every EHR is specifically designed to provide maximum security, hence the need to keep the door of information closed.
What BioPharma, CROs and traditional healthcare providers trade for closed information and data security is hindered communication; if there is any at all. When information can’t easily pass through between the two parties a lot can be missed in holistically treating the patient they are both working so hard toward getting well. What would both sides stand to benefit by talking to one another? A whole lot!
Imagine BioPharma, CROs and traditional healthcare providers linking arms to eradicate something like diabetes? What are the possibilities? CROs would have more ease with recruitment if doctors were able to screen candidates thoroughly ahead of time. Doctors would have a better understanding of what trials were in the process and who the ideal candidates were. This would enable them to trust CROs with their patients and refer the right candidates for them. Patients would feel much more confident in clinical trials because they would know their doctor was actively involved in their trial progress. Communication would bring two of the best possible resources for the future of medicine if they were just able to collaborate outside or through their EHR systems.
An EHR Independent Collaboration Tool Will Open Communication
Since EHR systems are closed to outside communication, something else would have to be the conduit between BioPharma, CROs and traditional healthcare providers. There would have to be a tool that creates patient records specifically for the purpose of CRO and doctor communication; a mutual information sharing workflow.
What would a CRO need to share with a doctor and vice versa? In the kind of scenario where a doctor was referring a patient to a CRO, having a record of all the information the CRO needs to qualify one of the doctor’s patients would make qualification almost instant.
In the case of the CRO needing to provide communication to the doctor, the CRO would provide access to the doctor on a collaboration platform that allowed for access to the information the doctor needs to monitor their patient’s progress, ask questions, provide feedback and create a way for both the CRO and the doctor to mutually agree on course of action for their patient’s progress. Now, that is what CRAACO should be all about. That is all-encompassing medical care and that is the future of medicine. Can we get there?
eCare Vault Is The Future Of CRAACO Between CROs And Doctors
eCare Vault is the first solution of its kind to be a solution for the communication barrier between BioPharma, CROs and traditional healthcare providers. This HIPAA compliant, cloud-based solution provides iron-clad security and patient privacy while allowing CROs and doctors to work together for a common good; the patient’s health.
Patient information sharing, role-based security access, threaded messaging, media sharing, and more provide BioPharma, CROs and traditional healthcare providers unfettered communication possibilities, enabling accurate and forward-thinking medical care. What can clinical trials and healthcare providers accomplish with such a communication tool in place?
eCare Vault allows for the patient to be involved in the communication process as well, making communication during a clinical trial seamless and complete. It’s 360 degrees of medical communication in one tool.
What would your CRO do to improve and accelerate timelines if they could provide this level of communication and collaboration to their patients and their doctors? If you’d like to find out more about what eCare Vault can do for your next clinical trial, contact us today for a free demonstration.