NTT DATA presents Open Innovation Contest 9.0

Drug trial patient recruitment and retention

How can optimal patient population be identified for trial recruitment and how can the population be retained, keeping dropouts to minimum. Less than 5% of Patients participate in Clinical Research, 48% of sites miss enrollment targets and 49% of trial participants drop out before study ends. The cost of conducting onsite clinical trials is estimated at $2.6 billion. Forty percent of study patients fail to adhere to study protocols after 150 days into the trial – suffering from temporary bouts of toxicity and introducing irregularities into the data being captured by clinicians. The significant portion of this cost occurs in on-site clinical trials. How do we optimize patient enrollment and reduce dropout rates?