Identifying Technology(ies) for clinical research post COVID-19
Kurniawan, Ong Felix
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Clinical research aims to understand diagnostic methods, diseases, and new treatments or medical devices that can advance patient care. The COVID-19 pandemic in 2020, a respiratory disease caused by SARS-CoV-2, impacted clinical research units in healthcare and brought new perspectives on how to better the future of clinical research by adopting modern technology. Clinical research has encountered much advancement over the years, with technology being the primary factor that accelerates clinical research growth. Incorporating new technology in clinical research translates to increased productivity and efficacy in patient engagements, trial management, novel outcomes, and reduced patient burden. The application of new technology in clinical research and next-generation clinical trials can be made effectively with lower costs and more accurate data. In this paper, an in-depth literature review was done to evaluate and discuss how the COVID-19 pandemic brought new transformations to clinical research and how the incorporated technology will transform in the future to optimize patient care. Many remote technologies were deployed, such as eConsent, home care visits, and direct drug delivery, resulting in better data collection and saving time and resources.