AI and Clinical Trials

Artificial Intelligence (AI) technology, combined with big data, hold the potential to solve many key clinical trial challenges.

 

In our industry survey and whitepaper, 'Improving Pharma R&D Efficiency' when asked what technologies would have the most impact improving clinical trial efficiency, the top answer from survey respondents was leveraging big data and AI at 36 percent.

Indeed Big Data and AI technologies are complimentary as AI can help to synthesize and analyse ever-expanding data. AI-enabled measures include data integration, data management and interpretation.

They make possible innovations that are fundamental for transforming clinical trials, such as seamlessly combining phase I and II of clinical trials, developing novel patient-centered endpoints, and collecting and analysing Real World Data.

The Impact of Artificial Intelligence on Outcomes Based Contracting

In the United States outcomes-based contracting (OBC) has long been proposed as a measure to reward innovation, based on actual performance of treatments and interventions in patient populations. However, the perceived and actual challenges in implementation have prevented many innovative contracts from leaving the drafting table.

Recently, the potential use of artificial intelligence (AI) to predict suitable outcomes for patients to mitigate potential challenges has been discussed. ICON is conducting original research with formulary decision makers and with manufacturers, with the following objectives in mind:

  • Assess the level of familiarity and use of OBC among stakeholders and their understanding of AI
  • Understand the current use of AI by payers
  • Determine how AI could impact the use of OBC in the future including:
    • Willingness to engage in OBC
    • Types of OBC models pursued
    • Levels of success of different OBC models

The results from this research will be published in a future whitepaper.

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The Power of AI to transform Clinical Trials

The Power of AI to transform Clinical Trials

The AI transformation of clinical trials starts with protocol development, reducing or replacing outcome assessments that may be more responsive to change than traditional methods and utilising remote connected technologies that reduce the need for patients to travel long distances for sites visits.

Data-driven protocols and strategies powered by advanced AI algorithms processing data collected from mobile sensors and apps, electronic medical and administrative records, and other sources have the potential to reduce trial costs. They achieve this by improving data quality, increasing patient compliance & retention, and identifying treatment efficacy more efficiently and reliably than ever before.

ICON & Intel

ICON & Intel

ICON and Intel Corporation have formed an agreement to enable ICON to offer the Intel® Pharma Analytics Platform for use in clinical trials. The Intel platform is an edge-to-cloud artificial intelligence (AI) solution that enables remote monitoring and continuous capture of clinical data from study subjects using sensors and wearable devices, and can apply machine learning techniques to objectively measure symptoms and quantify the impact of therapies.

ICON and Intel have collaborated on thought leadership on the use of AI and wearables in clinical trials:

Blog: Key considerations for achieving digital trial success

On-demand webinar: The template for a successful digital trial

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