Site + Sponsor/CRO Connectivity Trends
Demand for site connectivity has been increasing, with 52% of sponsors/CROs saying digital site connections are their top priority for the next three years. In response, software vendors serving the sponsor/CRO market have deployed “sponsor-first” software platforms, such as “site-portals,” to Research Sites. These platforms place the sponsor/CRO at the center of the ecosystem and generally add little value to the research site.
The fact that sponsors/CROs need more direct site connectivity isn’t changing – it is the only way to accelerate research while lowering development costs. However, the trend in connectivity is shifting the focus from sponsor-first solutions to integrating with site-first solutions.
Focus is shifting to integrating sponsor/CRO tools, like the eTMF, to purpose-built research site based infrastructure such as the eISF. This “site-first” model provides the sites the tools they need to get work done, while also enabling real-time connectivity back to the sponsor.
Florence is pioneering this model of connectivity by giving sponsors/CROs a single point of connection to the research sites through Florence eHub. Florence eHub directly integrates the sponsor/CRO eTMF platform with the research sites eISF.