Last week in Dana Point, CA, almost 300 Forte customers joined us for a week of education, networking and fun at the 2019 Spring Onsemble Conference. It was our first-ever sold out conference and reaffirmed our belief that we can work together to truly transform clinical research. The altruistic, collaborative spirit of the Onsemble Community is incredibly inspiring to all of us at Forte, and we’re thrilled to be able to work together with our customers to bring meaningful change to our industry.
A Site-Centric Approach to Transform Clinical Research
As Forte’s Founder and CEO, Shree Kalluri noted at the conference (and in his article last week), we’ve been working for almost two decades to help institutions streamline their clinical research operations. As our products have matured and adoption increased, one thing is clear: for the industry to reach its full potential, we need to bridge the gap between research sites and sponsors.
Kalluri introduced the Trial Data Exchange (TDX), a unique approach to exchange operations, regulatory and clinical/source data between sites and sponsors. Through collaborations with our customer community, we have already built a solid foundation for TDX with our eReg and EDC products.
Building the Future of Clinical Research Technology
While we view TDX as an exciting step forward for Forte and our customers, we’ve also been hard at work adding new features to the products our community uses day in and day out to manage clinical research. During our Progress and Plans Keynote at the conference, we unveiled a wide array of new product enhancements, and welcomed Forte customers to the stage to share their experiences with Forte solutions.
We walked attendees through new multisite management functionality in eReg, allowing participating sites to securely add their essential protocol documents into the system. The coordinating center can then easily manage all documents for all sites participating in the study. This will eliminate the burden of managing participating site documents that are previously sent through mail or email. We also showed our new protocol training tracking and reporting features within eReg, which centralizes staff training and allows you to notify team members on outstanding items, improving efficiency and compliance.
We summarized our progress with Insights dashboards focused on accruals, financials, study activation, effort tracking and more. In addition, we showed a new sponsor receivable trends dashboard, allowing customers to analyze outstanding balances and payments received over time. We also gave attendees a sneak peek at our new study activation task dashboard, which provides a comprehensive view of the startup process, showing completed and outstanding tasks, how tasks relate to each other, how the process is tracking relative to your goals and more. The dashboard can also show trends across all protocols, identifying problem areas in the activation process over time.
New features in Forte EDC include expanded organization, protocol and subject data exchange between OnCore and Forte EDC. We also shared a roadmap update, including lab data integration with an EHR using the Fast Healthcare Interoperability Resources (FHIR) standard. This will automatically pull lab values into the system, reducing duplicate data entry and improving the quality of your data.
Forte Research Evaluation System (EVAL)
As more customers have adopted EVAL, we’ve heard great stories about how the system is helping them track their investigators, grants and publications, to name a few. Rajan Gopalakrishnan from the University of Chicago shared his experience with implementing EVAL. He highlighted how it eases the burden of tracking program membership, publication and grants tracking and more, helping streamline the process around the University’s Cancer Center Support Grant (CCSG) maintenance. Rajan specifically noted improvements to the University’s ROI tracking, and also how centralizing data within EVAL has led to significant reduction in ad-hoc requests from cancer center leadership.
OnCore Enterprise Research System
Our recent focus for OnCore has centered around three key areas: communication, integration and financials. At Onsemble, we unveiled new reporting functionality, announced a new next-generation OnCore API and walked attendees through new Vendor Payables workflows in OnCore 16.0. These new workflows allow you to track payments paid out to internal and external vendors, a key component of comprehensive financial picture of your protocols provided by OnCore.
Our SVP of Operations, Orla Mester, walked through our progress helping customers get the most from their Forte products. She shared her team’s success with an efficient and holistic approach to implementation.
Orla also highlighted our rapidly-growing services offerings, including calendar and budget building, coverage analysis, staff augmentation and more. A key component of our recent study calendar building success has been the introduction of institution specific guidelines, reducing the amount of time a customer needs to adjust a calendar before uploading it into the system. Orla shared a recent quote from Liat Modiano from the Yale Center for Clinical Investigation. “Having calendars built based on our requirements and guidelines expedites the entire process and makes the review easier for YCCI calendar builders,” said Liat. “We appreciate Forte’s willingness to accommodate our needs and provide this high-quality customized service.”