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12 March, 2019, by clincapture-client

In recent years, you have probably heard the word “eSource” thrown around as it pertains to Clinical Data Management. Questions have arisen like: What is eSource exactly? Do you buy eSource from a vendor? How does it compare to EDC systems? Is it compliant? This blog post will outline the definitions and misconceptions around eSource that every sponsor and CRO should be aware of.

FDA’s Guidance for Industry: Electronic Source Data in Clinical Investigations, says, in part:

“Many data elements (e.g., blood pressure, weight, temperature, pill count, resolution of a symptom or sign) in a clinical investigation can be obtained at a study visit and can be entered directly into the eCRF by an authorized data originator. This direct entry of data can eliminate errors by not using a paper transcription step before entry into the eCRF. For these data elements, the eCRF is the source. If a paper transcription step is used, then the paper documentation should be retained and made available for FDA inspection.”

So then, eSource simply means the electronic data is the source data. In other words, eSource is not a mobile app or fancy new feature, but it is the way of collecting data in which the data is entered directly into the electronic record. Therefore, those who are interested in eSource may wish to choose an Electronic Data Capture (EDC)  system which is optimized for this method.

Finding a system that works for your study

When choosing an EDC provider, remember to ask if their application is optimized for eSource. You may wish to avoid systems that require tedious steps for your sites to capture and send information to an EDC system. And remember, eSource is not as simple as using a mobile device; it’s how you collect the data that matters.

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