|Aix Scientifics® Clinical Research Organisation|
electronic Case Report Form (eCRF.eu, eCRF.uk)
In 1996 Aix Scientifics® was founded to perform clinical research by means of Internet technology in a time and effort saving manner. Since more than twenty years almost all clinical studies were performed Internet-based and multi-lingually.
The system is scalable and adaptable to study-specific technical requirements, as well as adjustable to specific visual designs.
The user logs in with a personal username and password. The communication is always at least 128-bit SSL-encrypted. Instead of using paper forms, the investigator or a study nurse interactively fills in the electronic forms. The data are checked automatically for plausibility and completeness during data entry. Reactive alerts and helps assure correct completion. The system warns about extreme values or rejects data if the values are obviously erroneous. Feedback pages guide the user interactively through the forms. However, all pages can be saved incomplete or with questionable data as draft. After final checks they are finalised by the investigator.
Electronic Case Report Forms (eCRF.uk) shorten the way of data-transmission from the clinical centre to Aix Scientifics®, where they are stored and evaluated. Instead of filling in paper forms and later entering the data into the database, the data are remotely entered into the database, while being checked extensively. Therefore, a lot of misunderstanding, lacking or incorrect data can be avoided. This reduces the time from the source of the data to the validated storage in the database by weeks or months. Shortly after completion of the last study case the database can be locked and the evaluation will be done immediately. Finally, the eCRF.uk minimises the efforts necessary for performing clinical studies and correcting failures. This applies to the clinic as well as to monitoring.
The system traces each modification of the data in the database, to document with day and time who did enter or correct the data. In case of changes the original data remain unaffected.
Real Time Feedback is a major attainment of the Internet-based data collection. Due to the data being stored immediately in a database there is no delay for getting information on the progress of the study or the situation regarding adverse events (AEs). While scientific results should be drawn only from the final collection of all study data, status information can seriously improve trial management.
We're constantly improving the usability of the system based on the user feedback we get from the participants in our studies.