Data Management System

data management system

For many years, computer technologies including the Internet and the World Wide Web have been used to support the management of data.

Advances in data collection software, wireless connectivity, and encrypted data transfer allow for multi-site, web-based data entry systems and the storage of data in a centralized location. These structures permit researchers immediate access to data, reduce participant burden and human entry error, and maintain the integrity of data.

The data management system contains all data elements, provides a customized and secure data entry system that supports multiple user roles, facilitates extensive quality assurance mechanisms, schedules and tracks all study activities, reports real-time performance, provides electronic randomization and notification, generates dynamic summary reports and supplies a portal for client’s to complete self-report measures. The system assists users during all data collection steps. For example, to register a consultant, the system first guides the user through completion of the Eligibility Criteria, then the Consent Form and finally, if they meet all requirements, the participant can be registered and, after baseline data collection, automatically randomized.

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