A Business Approach to Integrating Clinical Research Sites in Mergers & Acquisitions
Mergers and acquisitions have become a progressively widespread strategy for achieving hospital growth and expansion. From hospitals to physician practices, the paradigm of merging for purposes of leveraging capital to strengthen competiveness continues to gain popularity. In many cases of healthcare mergers, clinical research programs are part and parcel to the deal. With this comes the necessity of putting in place post-merger implementation plans in order to gain cost effectiveness, achieve synergies and increase market and productivity power.
Contract Research Organizations, An Industry Analysis
U.S. pharmaceutical companies outsource research activities to contract research organizations (CROs) to increase their profit margins and better position themselves in the rapidly-changing healthcare environment. In this article, the authors explore the evolution of the CRO industry in the United States and worldwide, and discuss the benefits and pitfalls of CRO globalization in recent years.
Electronic Document Systems: Know Your Numbers
While great strides have been made to transition some areas of clinical trials from hard copy to electronic form, onsite regulatory document management is one facet that remains electronic-naive. Introducing a remote-access, web-based system drives cost savings for sites conducting research while improving protocol compliance. From International Clinical Trials, May 2012.