Why Cloud Hosting can be the right choice for Clinical Trial Inventory Management Solutions

Byprimerano-jim Jim Primerano, Sr. Vice President and General Manager, eClinical at Bracket

As sites, sponsors and clinical research organizations (CROs) continue to manage more complex trial inventory, frequently on an international level, the need for an end-to-end clinical trial management solution that will ensure inventory is regulated in an FDA compliant manner is critical. Small to mid-sized companies often face challenges implementing these solutions, due to the complex IT infrastructure requirements, associated third-party costs and lack of in-house resources to maintain and manage the solution. These roadblocks highlight the advantages of a cloud-based solution, which is what Bracket is now offering for our SmartSupplies suite.

If you are considering upgrading from static Excel spreadsheets to intelligent inventory management software, consider how a cloud-based solution will benefit your organization almost immediately.

  • Saves money by reducing third-party management costs and overall IT footprint

In addition to being competitively priced and with reports demonstrating cloud-based services to reduce expenses by 50%, a solution hosted in the cloud will dramatically reduce third-party costs. Cloud hosting eliminates the need for hardware maintenance and management, thereby reducing the need for costly off-shore contractors and vendors. For companies without their own IT infrastructure and servers in place, a cloud-based solution eliminates the need to configure that framework – and instead, allows the company to focus on benefitting from the application itself.

  • Ensures compliance through proactive yet non-disruptive system health-checks

The transparency provided by cloud-hosted solutions allows your vendor to proactively monitor the software, push out updates and ensure all components are compliant with the latest FDA regulations. For example, your software provider can see if your organization is properly allocating memory space, if and when the infrastructure is aging and work to proactively mitigate the issues. Ultimately, the transparency of the cloud will allow your organization to focus first and foremost on running your clinical trial smoothly, rather than on incessant maintenance of your IT infrastructure.

  • Enables better collaboration across sites and easier integration with other eClinical systems

The smartest clinical trial inventory management software solutions are designed to facilitate end-to-end materials management for sponsors and enable greater collaboration. When hosted in the cloud, all involved parties – from clinical research associates to end-users – can seamlessly and instantaneously share data, regardless of geography. For clinical research associates who are running study management around the globe or for organizations who have thousands of end-users managing inventory at a site, it’s important to have easy and instant access to a shared database.

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Bracket Announces Launch of Cloud-Based Version of SmartSupplies

Wayne, Pa — Bracket, a leading clinical trial technology and specialty services provider, today announced the launch of a cloud-based service for SmartSupplies, its clinical trial inventory management software suite. This launch marks the first hosted solution of SmartSupplies since Bracket’s acquisition of CLINapps in 2016 and is applicable to all modules of the SmartSupplies suite.

SmartSupplies, an enterprise clinical trial material management software solution, provides end-to-end clinical inventory management for sponsors. The release of the cloud-based offering will enable companies without their own IT infrastructure and servers to easily and securely run and manage the application. Built atop Oracle Cloud Services, the cloud-hosted solution will facilitate enhanced integration with other eClinical systems as well as allow end users and clinical research associates (CRAs) to share data seamlessly and instantaneously without geographic constraints.

“We are pleased to introduce a cloud-based hosting option for SmartSupplies to our existing and new customers,” said Jeff Kinell, CEO of Bracket. “The benefits of cloud hosting continue to present themselves, especially as clinical trials worldwide rely more on immediate collaboration across sites.”

Bracket’s hosted SmartSupplies solution is competitively priced and provides a cost-effective alternative for sponsor companies deploying the enterprise solution. This cloud-based option allows sponsors to eliminate in-house hardware maintenance and management for a reduced IT footprint.  Other advantages include:

  • Reducing outsourced hosting, off-shore contractors and vendors for decreased third-party costs;
  • Enabling proactive support and system health-checks from Bracket’s support team;
  • Facilitating better integration with other eClinical systems and collaboration across sites; and
  • Ensuring a well-maintained regulatory environment and robust business continuity.

The transition of SmartSupplies to the cloud is seamless for existing customers, causing no disruption to the end user.

“Offering customers the option of cloud hosting for SmartSupplies was born out of necessity,” said Kinell. “We want sponsors to focus their energy and efforts on running clinical trials, not on managing their IT infrastructure – and hosting SmartSupplies in the cloud will alleviate that burden.”

About Bracket
Bracket, with nine offices and more than 700 employees worldwide, is a clinical trial technology and specialty services provider dedicated to helping biopharmaceutical sponsors and contract research organizations increase the power of their clinical research data by leveraging core competencies in Science, Technology, and Service. Bracket eCOA™ is a flexible platform for electronic clinical outcomes assessments. Bracket RTSM™ is a best-in-breed, scalable and configurable clinical IRT solution for the life sciences industry. Bracket SmartSupplies™ is a proven platform for improving a clinical supply chain. Bracket Rater Training and Quality Assurance improve outcomes through customized training and quality assurance programs.

Bracket Community Events this Spring

MS Walk (Walk to Fight MS)

This walk was hosted on Sunday, April 30th   in Downtown Phoenixville.  Some of our Bracket employees in our Wayne, PA office participated in the MS Walk and wore orange shirts walking the trail for awareness.  To find out more about the MS walk, please visit the website here: MS Walk.

Upcoming Walk:
Anti-Defamation League (ADL) -Walk Against Hate – May 21 in Philadelphia, PA

Our next walk Bracket will be attending is the Anti-Defamation League (ADL) -Walk Against Hate. ADL’s 7th annual WALK Against Hate on Sunday, May 21, 2017 from 9:00am-12:00pm to take part in a one of a kind initiative in which people from various backgrounds are united to make strides toward embracing diversity. This is an opportunity for all of us to stand together against bigotry and hatred in our own community and we’re inviting all of our friends, family, and neighbors to join us when we lace up our sneakers to WALK Against Hate. Learn more on Anti-Defamation League (ADL)-Walk Against Hate.