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Decentralized Clinical Trials Capabilities and Solutions

PPD’s DCT Ecosystem optimizes decentralized clinical trials

PPD’s goal has always been to optimize the patient and site’s experience within a decentralized setting. Now part of Thermo Fisher, PPD is leveraging years of industry-leading experience along with new capabilities to build a comprehensive collective of solutions for decentralized clinical trials. Tim Rich, Vice President of Digital and Decentralized Solutions discusses how PPD’s DCT Ecosystem enables consultants to apply the precise right strategies at the right times, benefiting trials, sites, and patients.


Telemedicine enables patients to stay connected to their clinicians, utilizing convenient digital tools that don’t require frequent site visits. Sites can continue their standard of care, reduce protocol deviations, and collect quality data – all with limited interruption.

Direct-to/from-patient models

When patients are unable to visit a site, clinical materials such as samples, supplies and unused investigational medicinal products (IMPs) can be directly shipped or collected from the patient’s home, so study assessments aren’t disrupted, nor are patients’ lives.

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Remote e-consent

Patients can securely review required study documents and provide a digital signature for consent (or re-consent) remotely from the comfort of their homes, so enrollment timelines stay on track, patients are better informed and compliance is maintained.

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Home health care & nursing

PPD leverages a network of home health care (HHC) nurses in over 40 countries that enable clinical trials to occur off-site in the patient’s home. This includes the preparation and administration of study drugs, conducting clinical assessments, ensuring eDiary compliance and more.

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Electronic clinical outcomes assessments (eCOAs) and electronic patient reported outcomes (ePROs) use digital platforms to enable direct data collection from study stakeholders. The result is less paper documentation and more timely data, with greater consistency from patients.

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Specialized sites

A decentralized solution to place professional clinical research care in the heart of diverse and underrepresented communities. This service offers community and patient centric engagement strategies, driving faster recruitment combined with convenience for participants that increases retention while providing Principal Investigator (PI) oversight fulfilling the exact same responsibilities of the brick and mortar site PIs.

Remote monitoring

When clinical research associates (CRAs) cannot physically be at an investigator site or clinic, remote options are available to generate data analytics, enable remote source data verification (rSDV) and perform other monitoring activities.

When clinical research associates (CRAs) cannot physically be at an investigator site or clinic, remote options are available to generate data analytics, enable remote source data verification (rSDV) and perform other monitoring activities.

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Devices and wearables

In today’s research, devices and wearable technologies are generating significantly higher levels of clinical data than traditional trial models. These sophisticated tools – smart phone and tablet apps, sports watches, meters and monitors, garments and textile patches – can be more convenient and less intrusive for patients as sites and sponsors seek higher quality insights.

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Regulatory insights

Our regulatory affairs group provides guidance to support key business decisions around decentralized clinical trials (DCTs). Experts from these teams frequently share informal updates, describing hurdles faced by our industry, related regulatory issues and practical examples of how we manage them at PPD.

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Additional resources

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DCT Network

In an increasingly digital world, decentralized clinical trials (DCTs) have accelerated recruitment, cut trial timelines and removed barriers to reach diverse patient populations. PPD has developed a DCT certification program to support sites in the DCT space, enabling improved quality and delivery of decentralized trials. Our PPD DCT Network will identify investigators/sites with digital and decentralized capabilities and prepare them through an eLearning program created in collaboration with the Society of Clinical Research Sites (SCRS). Watch the video below to learn more about our DCT Network.