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.

Remote Econsent

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.


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.


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.

Mobile Sites

Our mobile sites are a critical component to diversifying clinical trial participant populations and reducing burden. These specialized clinics allow for enhanced recruitment and remove geographical barriers by bringing the site to the patient.

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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