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Accenture Introduces New Analytics Capabilities in the Accenture Life Sciences Cloud for R&D: Collaborates with the Metrics Champion Consortium to develop the Clinical Operations Insights Platform for Improved Visibility into Clinical Trial Performance

Monday, June 26, 2017

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NEW YORK; June 26, 2017 – Accenture (NYSE: ACN) has developed and introduced a new analytics platform to provide real-time insights on the status and performance of clinical trials for the life sciences industry. The platform, known as the Clinical Operations Insights Platform (COIP), is a module of the Accenture Life Sciences Cloud for R&D, an industry platform for running clinical trials that deliver better patient outcomes.

Accenture has joined forces with the Metrics Champion Consortium (MCC) in the development of COIP, using MCC’s industry clinical trial metrics to measure a company’s clinical trial performance. MCC is an open, collaborative organization devoted to the development of standardized metrics to improve clinical trials.

Accenture’s COIP is designed to help life sciences companies leverage descriptive and predictive analytics using operational data to gain real-time insights about the status and performance of a clinical trial. Accenture’s experience has shown that the COIP can help life sciences companies increase the operational efficiency of clinical trials by as much as 30 percent. The platform gives life sciences clinical operations managers greater flexibility to manage clinical trial programs from anywhere, anytime, by consolidating into a single analytics platform internal and external data sources across clinical trial management systems, electronic data capture systems and clinical research organization partners.

“We are excited about our collaboration with MCC and the addition of their clinical operations performance metrics into our Clinical Operations Insights Platform module”, said Kevin Julian, who leads Accenture’s Life Sciences practice in North America “Together we are integrating technology with metrics standards, making it easier for our clients to understand the health of their study portfolio, manage their business more effectively and bring their treatments to patients.”

MCC has also joined the Accenture Life Sciences Cloud Coalition, which includes Eli Lilly, GSK, Merck, Pfizer, and other prominent pharmaceutical companies. As a member of the coalition, MCC will provide input on the use of standardized performance metrics in the Accenture Life Sciences Cloud for R&D. The aim of the Accenture Life Sciences Cloud Coalition is to enable the R&D function, speed up the drug development process while improving quality and cost for the industry.

“We are pleased to build MCC’s standardized metrics into the Accenture Life Sciences Cloud for R&D Clinical Operations Insights Platform and to welcome Accenture as a member of our consortium”, said Linda Sullivan, co-founder, and president of MCC. “Our members are looking for innovative ways to implement and effectively utilize the standardized metric sets and tools developed in our collaborative working groups – having access to MCC standardized performance metrics in the Accenture Life Sciences Cloud for R&D platform is a win-win for current and future users.”

About Accenture

Accenture is a leading global professional services company, providing a broad range of services and solutions in strategy, consulting, digital, technology and operations. Combining unmatched experience and specialized skills across more than 40 industries and all business functions – underpinned by the world’s largest delivery network – Accenture works at the intersection of business and technology to help clients improve their performance and create sustainable value for their stakeholders. With more than 411,000 people serving clients in more than 120 countries, Accenture drives innovation to improve the way the world works and lives. Visit us at www.accenture.com

About Metrics Champion Consortium

MCC is a trusted partner in the clinical trials industry to identify what to measure and assess the critical components of what is changing and how the industry is responding to address the changes to make improvements. We continually bring you new insights into the leading trends within the industry. For more information, please visit www.metricschampion.org.

Contacts:

Teresa Holland
Metrics Champion Consortium
+ 1 317 622 0266 ext. 108
tholland@metricschampion.org

Cam Granstra
Accenture
+1 312 693 5992
cameria.l.granstra@accenture.com

MCC MetricInsights Newsletter Launch

Friday, June 16, 2017

The MCC recently released a monthly Newsletter. The MetricInsights Newsletter provides professionals with updates on MCC events and key initiatives. It’s all the important news for the month in one place. Sections include Important News, Featured Workgroup, Upcoming Meetings, and More! We are always adding and changing sections so every issue has something new! Read past issues and learn how to subscribe here .

Help Industry Develop Standard Metrics for Site Payments-MCC Site Payments Process Industry Survey

Thursday, April 27, 2017

As an industry, we have a challenge with site payments. Site payment delays have been cited as one of the key concerns by investigators. Data from the Society for Clinical Research Sites (SCRS) says that 66% of sites report having less than three months’ operating cash on hand, and lengthy delays in payment result in high turnover rates among clinical investigators1. The Clinical Trials Transformation Initiative (CTTI) shows as many as 40% of sites drop out of FDA-regulated clinical trials due to lengthy delays in payments2. By standardizing metrics in this important area, the industry will be better able to baseline, compare, manage and improve performance and ultimately increase the available pool of sites for clinical trials.

The Metrics Champion Consortium is conducting this survey as a baseline exercise before developing metrics. We invite industry Sponsor, CRO and Clinical Trial Site Payment Vendors to participate in this 11 question survey. All responses will remain confidential to the MCC – only de-identified data will be shared in the executive summary and final report. Professionals who complete the survey and include their email address will receive an executive summary.

TAKE SURVEY

1SCRS White Paper on Site Payments[http://www.prnewswire.com/news-releases/site-payment-white-paper-released-by-the-society-for-clinical-research-sites-300352486.html]

2CTTI Outsourcing-Pharma.com Article[http://www.outsourcing-pharma.com/Clinical-Development/Payment-tech-automates-reimbursements-to-clinical-trial-sites]

MCC Article Urges Industry to Standardize Data Entry Metric Definition and Use Performance Data to Improve Data Entry Compliance

Wednesday, April 26, 2017

Linda Sullivan, MCC President, and Keith Dorricott, MCC Ambassador – discussed the results of the 2016 MCC Site Data Entry Practices Survey in their article “Importance of Data Entry Timeliness” published by Applied Clinical Trials. The article reveals that organizations consider timely data entry to be very important but face challenges with measuring and monitoring the data input process. A newly released MCC Industry Practices Insight Report, “Clinical Trial Site Data Entry Study: An examination of how organizations measure site data entry cycle times, performance expectations compared to actual results and site management strategies” provides industry’s perspective on the cycle time from subject visit to data entry by investigative sites, and how organizations use the performance data to improve data entry compliance.

About the Survey

MCC conducted the 28 question, web-based survey between June – August 2016. There were 35 respondents primarily from sponsors and Contract Research Organizations (CROs) both large and small. For more information on purchasing this and other MCC Industry Practices Insight Reports, please email Customer Service
or visit our Industry Practices Insights Report Page

Read Linda Sullivan and Keith Dorricott’s article on Applied Clinical Trials Online

Performance Metrics: New eLearning Course Allows You to Go Beyond the Basics

Tuesday, April 25, 2017

MCC introduces a new eLearning course, Performance Metrics: Developing Effective Metrics Using a Structured Process that offers industry professionals a deeper understanding of how to select and use performance metrics to support a company’s strategic goals.

Using case study examples and easy-to-use worksheets, professionals will learn to use the MCC Metric Development Framework to establish metrics that align with each level of responsibility in your organization and support program goals and objectives. This easy to follow approach includes the following features:

  • Utilizing processes map to identify control points for metrics
  • Establishing critical success factors
  • Prioritizing key performance questions
  • Defining metrics that answer the key performance questions
  • Reporting metric results in formats that facilitate answering the key performance questions


The price of this course is $560* for members and $699 for non-members. There is also accreditation for 2 hours of CEUs accepted by ACRP and SoCRA.

* Discount code needed. For questions please contact Customer Service

MCC and Canadian Research Organization Alliance Group (N2) Announce Metric Education Collaboration

Tuesday, March 21, 2017

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Boston, MA – Metrics Champion Consortium (MCC) and the Canadian-based Network of Networks group (N2) are working together to develop mutually attractive benefits for the two organizations and their members. Through the N2-MCC collaboration, MCC’s eLearning and Metric Master Certification Programs will be available to N2 members at a discounted rate. Participants will gain expertise in the design, implementation and effective use of clinical research performance metrics. eLearning courses include The Elements that Make Metrics Effective, Developing Effective Metrics Using a Structured Process and Effective Metric Visualizations to Gain Valuable Performance Insights. The Metric Master Certification Program allows participants to apply the knowledge they have gained from the eLearning courses to an independent project relevant to their organizations. Certification program participants receive one-on-one guidance from an MCC advisor and upon successfully completing the program receive an MCC Metric Master Certificate.

About N2

The Network of Networks (N2) is a not-for-profit incorporated organization and an alliance of Canadian research networks and organizations working to enhance national clinical research capability and capacity. N2 provides a common platform for sharing best practices, resources and research-related content to ensure efficient and high-quality research, integrity of clinical practices and accountability by bringing together trialists and clinical research professionals from across the country. The organization is truly representative of clinical research in Canada and acts as a national voice and advocate on behalf of a broad range of stakeholders that have an impact on the efficiency and quality of clinical trials conducted in Canada.




To learn more about N2, click here to visit their website.

About MCC

The Metrics Champion Consortium (MCC)—a trusted partner in the clinical trials industry—identifies what to measure, how to assess the critical components of what is changing and how the industry is responding to address the changes to make improvements. MCC continually brings you new insights into the leading trends within the industry.




To learn more about the MCC eLearning offerings, click here

What are the best MCC Performance Metrics for assessing Vendor Performance?

Tuesday, February 21, 2017

MCC is launching a Vendor Oversight work group on March 1st to review and revise MCC Performance Metrics for assessing vendor performance. This new work group will focus on reviewing previously defined metrics related to business operations, clinical operations and quality. The group will also consider the impact of ICH E6 (R2) on these metrics, modifying and adding to the MCC Performance Metrics as needed.

Planned outputs for the group include agreeing on the scope of vendor management, identifying Critical Success Factors and Key Performance Questions, and developing basic and advanced sets of MCC Performance Metrics. The meetings will be held the first Wednesday of the month from 10-11am. Work group meetings are open to all MCC members and registration links can be found on the member portal.

To find out more about the Vendor Oversight group, view the work group page by clicking HERE.

MCC President Linda Sullivan shares insights related to ICH-GCP E6(R2) in Clinical Informatics News Article

Friday, February 17, 2017

Linda Sullivan shared her insights on the major updates to the International Guidelines for Clinical Trials in an article entitled “New GCP R2 Guideline Emphasizes Risk Management Through People, Process, And Technology” by Ann Neuer posted in Clinical Informatics News. Linda speaks on how the new update supports organizations moving to tracking and reporting critical data rather than meaningless data in clinical trials. Click here to read the full article.

MCC Special QM Webinar, “How Regulators are Supporting the Quality Management and Risk Based Procedures in ICH GCP E6 (R2)” featuring guest speaker Ann Meeker-O’Connell, Former FDA Director of the Division of GCP Compliance.

Wednesday, February 1, 2017

The International Conference on Harmonisation’s R2 addendum to the ICH E6 Guideline for Good Clinical Practice (GCP) provides direction on a new approach to clinical monitoring and trial management that requires the use of centralized, quality risk management (QRM) throughout a clinical trial. Sponsors and CROs that are adapting to the changes are approaching this in a variety of ways. That leads to the question, what will regulators expect from organizations as they integrate the new guidelines into their SOPs?
The presentation on January 11th , open to all MCC members, focused on the processes and behaviors that the FDA and other regulators are promoting through the quality management and risk-based guidance in ICH-E6(R2) section 5.0 Quality Management. This should be of interest to all organizations whether you have already integrated the changes into your practices or are just starting to plan for the integration.

MCC Members can access this and other Subject Matter Expert Webinars by clicking the Member Login link and going to the MCC Initiative Updates section of the Member Homepage. Scroll down and click on the SME Webinars link.

Please contact Linda Sullivan for additional information.

Learn more about membership options and register to become a member of the MCC

For questions about membership options contact MCC Membership Director, Teresa Holland.

Ann Meeker-O’Connell heads Bioresearch Quality and Compliance for Johnson & Johnson’s consumer sector with responsibility for Good Clinical Practice (GCP), Good Laboratory practice (GLP) and Safety Vigilance oversight. Prior to J&J, Ann served as Director of the Division of Good Clinical Practice Compliance at the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA). At the FDA, Ann led Agency initiatives related to innovative models for clinical trial conduct and oversight, advised on clinical trial policy and regulation development, and oversaw FDA’s GCP collaboration with European Medicines Agency (EMA). Ann earned her Bachelor’s in Biological Anthropology and Anatomy and a Master of Science in Pharmacology from Duke University in Durham, NC.

Join the MCC Clinical Trial Metrics Community LinkedIn Group Today!

Tuesday, August 11, 2015

The MCC Clinical Trial Metrics Community LinkedIn group has over 550 members. Click here to join the MCC Clinical Trial Metrics Community LinkedIn Group.

Why join the group?

• Learn what’s new at the MCC

• Stay up to date the latest information from industry professionals

• Share your exciting and relevant news or events

• Post a metric question for group discussion

Get the latest MCC updates by joining the Metrics Champion Consortium company page. Click here to follow the company page.

For more information, please contact Linda Sullivan via LinkedIn or at lsullivan@metricschampion.org.