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CRF Health, a CRF Bracket Company, Brings Industry Together to Lead Debate with eCOA Forum

Industry Leaders Share Continuous Challenges and Creative Solutions for High Quality and Efficient Migration and Integration of Data Collection Through eSource, Wearables and BYOD

Plymouth Meeting, PA – October 02 2018:  CRF Health, a CRF Bracket company, the leading provider of patient-centered eSource technology solutions for the life sciences industry, today unveiled details of its 2018 eCOA Forum. The high-profile event, which takes place at the Science History Institute in Philadelphia on December 4-5, will bring together leaders in the world of clinical research to discuss real-world challenges, share findings from patient-focused technology research and exchange best practices for successful implementation of eCOA in clinical trials. Further details on the conference program and registration information can be found at


The eCOA Forum is a complimentary and exhibitor-free event open to all sponsors and CROs. It annually convenes up to 100 clinical operations leaders and COA specialists eager to share best practices, lessons learned, and innovations with peers across the industry. The forum provides a unique opportunity for attendees to network and welcomes professionals working in all aspects of clinical data collection including first-time eCOA adopters, advanced users, and those looking for the latest eClinical innovations.


This year’s Keynote will be provided by T.J. Sharpe, a Stage IV melanoma survivor, writer, advocate, and patient expert who shared his journey through cancer in his Blog as “Patient #1”.  He is an active voice in the advocacy world, connecting patients across disease states with one another and with industry and regulatory contacts. His work to spearhead the concept of the patient as an equitable stakeholder in the entire healthcare ecosystem will bring valuable insights to the conference in providing a unique patient-focus on the topics to be explored.


Attendees of the 2018 two-day conference, created and hosted by CRF Health, can expect informative presentations from a host of industry thought-leaders, including:

  • Ari Gnanasakthy, RTI Health Solutions
  • Rachel Ballinger, ICON Clinical Research
  • Jennifer Goldsack, Clinical Trials Transformation Initiative
  • Ashley Slagle, Aspen Consulting
  • Megan Turner, GSK
  • Willie Muehlhausen, Muehlhausen Ltd
  • Bill Byrom, CRF Bracket
  • Exclusive networking events and discussion forums on a range of industry hot topics relating to the science, regulatory landscape and operationalization of eCOA will include:
  • eCOA implementation best practices:  Adapting for the Internet of Things
  • Latest thinking on the use of wearables and mobile sensors in clinical trials, including CTTI’s recent recommendations
  • Practical considerations for eCOA in oncology studies
  • Effective electronic implementation of Clinician-reported outcomes
  • Validating Performance Outcome Measures (PerfOs), and implementing remote PerfOs using mobile devices
  • Incorporating the patient perspective in trial planning and execution
  • Latest thinking and experience using Bring Your Own Device (BYOD)

Mike Nolte, CEO at CRF Bracket, said: "Everyone at the eCOA Forum is passionate about driving good science and innovation across our industry. Wide-scale adoption of eSource solutions to collect important clinical endpoints that support regulatory submissions and market access is critical to achieving real change in clinical research.  The eCOA Forum is a platform that facilitates meaningful conversations and offers a unique opportunity for companies of all sizes and eCOA experience levels – regardless of whether they work with CRF Health – to collaborate and explore how capturing data electronically can increase both the value and quality of a clinical study.”

Previous eCOA Forum attendees commented: ‘The eCOA Forum was a great way to meet industry leaders and experts in the eCOA field and discover new insights and applications to the ever-evolving world of eCOA. The topics covered provided high-level details for novices and a deeper dive for those who have worked in eCOA for years. Overall, a valuable 2-day forum for anyone interested in eCOA.’

For further information on CRF Health, please visit or to register for this year’s eCOA Forum visit

About CRF Health

CRF Health, a CRF Bracket company, is the leading global provider of patient-centered eSource technology solutions for the life sciences industry. With experience in more than 800 clinical trials, over 100 languages and across 74 countries, the company delivers best in class, fully integrated eSource solutions for pharma partners. Solutions include TrialMax®, an eCOA suite which consistently demonstrates the industry’s highest data accuracy, patient and site compliance, and patient retention, and TrialConsent®, the patient-centered, intuitive and interactive informed eConsent suite. Learn more at

Contact:, +1 267.498.2350

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Last Updated: 02-Oct-2018