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Clinical Trial Management System (CTMS)

What is a clinical trial management system (CTMS)?

A clinical trial management system (CTMS) is a software system utilized by clinical research teams to manage clinical trials. It is a specialized and comprehensive project management software that covers all needs of the trial from startup to enrollment to close.

Some of the features of a CTMS include:

  • Tracking trial startup timelines (milestones and tasks)
  • Financial management
  • Tracking and reporting protocol information
  • Billing compliance (including subject visit tracking and sponsor invoicing)
  • Facilitating patient data transfer from clinics to the CTMS
  • Robust and streamlined reporting
  • Contact management
  • Calendar and monitoring

When choosing a CTMS, some important considerations include the feature set, ease of use, customization, and cost.

How does a clinical trial management system (CTMS) improve healthcare?

A clinical trial management system (CTMS) supports clinical trials and offers them many benefits. For instance, with a CTMS, research teams can easily access accurate and up-to-date information pertaining to the study, such as updated site rosters and schedules. Collaboration is also easier with a CTMS since all research team members can more easily work on the same task.

Furthermore, by keeping everything needed to manage the trial in one place, productivity increases, and the research team can more efficiently monitor the study and its participants.