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Agile IRT: Breaking Down the Myths

The interactive response technology (IRT) was initially built as a customized IT project that was implemented for supply chain management. With a gradual shift in processes, the industry now demands agile IRT.

In this article at Fierce Biotech, the author shares that the market is packed with vendors who claim fake agile IRT capabilities. Thereby, it is essential to cross-check their claims and see if they truly ensure delivery of the project within the estimated timeline.

Separating Myths

The author suggests few questions that will help in separating myths from reality when it comes to agile IRT. Here is what you can do:

  1. See if the System is Agile: Proper agile IRT systems are well configured and developers are not required for it. It should easily accommodate protocol designs ranging from simple randomization only, minimization randomization (Pocock Simon), to complex dynamically randomized, and dose-titrated protocols. Only the protocols including cohort management and multiple protocols should be accommodated by the software.
  2. See what makes the processes agile: It must be based on a proven agile software development methodology that promotes adaptive planning, evolving development, and the use of functional study. Since agile counts on close collaboration, rapid responses to change, and early delivery of valuable software, implementing agile IRT won’t be as easy as it seems. It requires years of expertise in IRT delivery, project management, clinical technology, and services engagement. Search for organizations having in-depth knowledge and experience to back your study.
  3. Look for Domain Experience: Apart from crucial domain experience, look for IRT vendors who are highly experienced in best industrial practices. Their staff have expertise in clinical trials and supplies. They can also manage to resolve complex issues with their advanced skills and knowledge.
  4. Look for Proof: To distinct facts from myths, ask the vendors to share figures of their total IRT implementation so far using agile and the used cases must be backed with instances of metrics. Ask for the total number of staff trained in agile, years of implementing IRT studies, the total number of IRT customers (both trial sponsors and CROs) number of protocols reviewed and analyzed, and industry references.
  5. Commitment: The IRT provider must assign highly experienced agile project managers who can be the single point of contact from the beginning till the end of the project. They must empower the project management teams to efficiently collaborate with the research team of the organization. This team will further help in designing IRT system that aligns well with the best practices, while improving the research quality.

The IRT system delivers advanced visibility to workable solutions within few days while letting you build, implement, test and deploy new protocols, with or without customization. Read the original article on the following link:


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