Pharmaceutical companies or sponsors of clinical trials and clinical research are always
attempting to enroll and complete their clinical trials faster. Similarly, they are looking to
improve the experience for patients as well as the principal investigators that conduct these
clinical trials. Decentralized clinical trials have emerged as a useful tool in this endeavor. This
involves bringing an increasing proportion of study activities to the patients rather than having
the research participant travel to the trial site for study visits and activities.
There is no doubt that the COVID-19 pandemic has accelerated the adaptation and acceptance
of decentralized or hybrid clinical trials. There are many benefits to the decentralized clinical
trial which may improve recruitment for the study and make the study easier to complete for
the research participant. There are however certain challenges that may be exacerbated. One
of these is the duplicate research subject or sometimes known as a professional research
subject. With decreased contact, there lies the risk of research subjects entering the clinical
trial multiple times within the same study or attempting to screen and enroll in various
different studies simultaneously. This practice can result in safety issues for the research
subject if they are combining multiple investigational products and can result in a decrease in
the data integrity ultimately causing the clinical trial to fail.
Verified Clinical Trials is a global research subject database that will verify that the research
subject is not screening or enrolled in other clinical trials simultaneously. Moreover, there are
numerous other protocol violations that can be avoided by using the system. In fact, without
the use of the Verified Clinical Trials Database, there would be no way to detect these issues.
This can be the silent killer of a clinical trial especially a decentralized clinical trial.
Verified Clinical Trials also offers facial recognition technology we have a subject can be verified
remotely via a smart phone or tablet. This technology has allowed Verified Clinical Trials who
operate and protect clinical trials even when there are no clinic visits directly.
Verified Clinical Trials can detect these issues at the time of screening thereby saving all
stakeholders time and money by preventing ineligible poor quality subjects from entering the
clinical trial prior to any screening activities. The protections continue the entire duration of the
study. The Verified Clinical Trials system can be used on a standard clinical trial but also has
excellent utility in decentralized clinical trials and hybrid clinical trials.