RexStudy: A More Robust (and Sensible) Way to Track Study Changes and Versioning

Let’s face it, change happens. A lot. Regardless of how much effort we spend pouring over preliminary results, writing protocols in excruciating detail, or testing and re-testing our surveys, we know that change during our study is inevitable. And that’s OK, so long as we can document exactly what has changed and course correct quickly without losing the integrity of our well-earned data.

One of the pillars of RexStudy has always been to better manage the inevitable fluidity of research. With our 4.15 release, we build upon this promise by introducing the most robust study tracking and versioning capabilities available to researchers.

Here’s the scenario: despite your best attempts to set up the perfect study, something is overlooked or not quite right. If you’ve used a clinical trial system in the past, you know that making these changes will be a difficult—if not impossible—task. Most systems are unnecessarily rigid, locking you into your first study configuration and leaving you to track changes outside of your centralized data management system in unsecure and error-prone Excel spreadsheets.

We take a very different tack by assuming up-front that your study will evolve, and providing mid-study utilities to capture, view, and report on those changes in order to generate a complete and accurate picture of your study. This means no more tracking of changes outside of your secure database, or hoping your data manager won’t make a mistake when it comes time to map fields across several variations of the same form.

RexStudy tracks changes you make to your electronic data capture (EDC) instruments, as well as changes throughout your study design, including the addition or removal of time points, participant groups, and study requirements. Everything that may be altered in the course of your research is tracked, audited, and able to be retrieved as needed.

Why do we place so much emphasis on study versioning? Because tracking study versions within your data management system increases data transparency. You can see which version of an instrument was used to collect a particular set of data, and know exactly what requirements were in place at the time a particular participant was enrolled in the study. With RexStudy, you can clearly see if a requirement was skipped, either because the participant completed the study before the requirement was added, or the requirement was intentionally omitted. This is of course separate from the ability to re-use a previously collected asset to satisfy a new study requirement (also a great feature of RexStudy!).

To learn more, or to see it in action, request a personalized demo.