Animal study management software provides researchers and management with immediate access to study information and results. All study information is centrally located and formatted, enabling researchers to search for particular information and drill down into all current and previously conducted studies, and to quickly analyze and compare results between and across studies.
The timely performance of study-specific tasks, such as dosing or sample collection, as specified in the study protocol, directly impact the study integrity. Accurate documentation of task performance is a critical part of ensuring the quality of the research.
Centralized management of planned study events for the variety of studies and researchers is difficult using manual methods. Study task schedules are typically penciled into calendars, which require frequent modification due to their inherently variable nature. When supervisors coordinate the conduct of tasks for multiple studies and technicians, verification that tasks were performed as scheduled is complicated, as is the reassignment of duties when technicians have unplanned absences.
Automated systems give researchers and supervisors greater control over their research processes. By facilitating centralized documentation of scheduled, unscheduled, and completed study tasks using study management software, research management can oversee task duration and completion, perform duty reassignment for unplanned staff absences and shift scheduled tasks as necessary.
Commercially available systems can manage cancer studies and a variety of other animal models and automate study processes such as study design, data collection, task management, data analysis, graphing, and report generation, as well as enable enterprise-wide access to study information for current and archived studies.
The advent of study automation technology provides the research enterprise with a new means to decrease the time to discovery of novel therapies.