Seamfix Introduces A Robust solution BioRegistra To Aid The Collection Of Quality Data For Clinical Trials
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Seamfix Introduces A Robust solution BioRegistra To Aid The Collection Of Quality Data For Clinical Trials

by Seamfix

The maiden edition of a Clinical Research summit titled “The Clinical Investigators’ Summit” was organized by Clinique Research Development Limited in partnership with The Global Health Network. This event was held at Radisson Blu Anchorage Hotel, Victoria Island, Lagos State, Nigeria on the 12th of February 2020. The theme of the summit was “Strategy for Collection of Quality Data/Site Preparedness”.

The summit aimed at bringing together pharmaceutical companies, food companies, medical device companies, human development NGOs, Government regulatory bodies, research-active sites, clinical research professionals and study Investigators to share good clinical practices and develop strategic direction for the management of trials in Nigeria. The program intends to propose a system for the development, training, and establishment of ‘accredited’ clinical trial sites in Nigeria.


In attendance to the program are the Director of the National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control (NAFDAC) represented by Mr Kayode Amuda, the Lagos State Commissioner for Health represented by Dr, Hussein Abdulrazaq, the Chairperson of the Association of Good Clinical Practice Nigeria (AGCPN) represented by Dr Anthonia Sowunmi, the Chairman of the National Health Research Ethics Committee (NHREC) represented by Dr Ado Danladi. 




Other distinguished guests present were Dr Adebayo Adejumo from the Centre for Bioethics and Research; University of Ibadan, Dr Margaret Ekpenyong representing the Director-General of the National Institute of Pharmaceutical Research and Development (NIPRD), Dr Mike Iroezindu who is the Director of Research at the Walter Reed Program Nigeria; U.S. Army Medical Research Directorate, Ms Temi Adeyemi who is the Director of Clinical Operations; Reliance Clinical Limited United Kingdom, the Institute of Human Virology Nigeria (IHVN) represented by Ms Sophia Osarewe, Prof. Oliver Ezechi who is the Director of Research at the Nigerian Institute of Medical Research (NIMR), Dr Adaeze Oreh who is a member of the governing council of PAMO University of Medical Sciences Rivers state. 


Each of these guests gave presentations on different areas of expertise that are related to the conduct of clinical trials and epidemiological studies using humans. Their presentations span from the regulatory processes of NAFDAC and NHREC, the importance of quality data management in human studies, the future of young researchers in the field of clinical research, to good clinical practice guidelines.


What are clinical trials? 

Clinical trials are experiments or observations done in clinical research. Data/Information collected from these studies/research is the only valid means of understanding the effects of treatments in Humans.

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Dr Mike Iroezindu enlightened the audience on the methods and processes to be implemented by study sites for a prospective clinical trial. He stated that “Site preparedness is the key. The reason we end up with challenges and sad stories is because of lack of preparation and that proper planning leads to positive results”. 

Prof. Oliver Ezechi emphasized on the need for good clinical data management in conducting clinical trials, starting from the paper data collection, electronic data capture, to the database lock. He ended his presentation with “the ultimate goal of clinical data management is to assure that data support conclusion drawn from trials and achieving this goal protects public health and confidence in marketed therapeutics”.

A panel discussion was held which erupted to different conversations relating to the challenges of conducting clinical trials in Nigeria and the way forward. Representing Seamfix during the panel session was Miss Kosisochukwu ofodile, who was asked this question “What are your contributions in ensuring smooth data management and tight data security in conducting clinical trials and how can you contribute to ensuring this for clinical trial sites?”

She took a deep dive into how a robust data management system like BioRegistra is highly needed in the clinical sites and will promote high quality clinical research, coordinate resources  and most importantly gain transparency into the trial research. Giving various use case scenarios on how our cloud platform will help organisations during and after their clinical trial research, she also highlighted key benefits of BioRegistra, from the Offline and online data capture to accessibility and having one unified source for clinical trials. 

Once the panel session was concluded, the audience were given time to ask questions and give recommendations. Once this session closed, there was a consensus that clarified to all participants of the event, the quality of research expected from Nigeria on a global scale and the processes to follow to optimize the integrity of clinical trials and epidemiological studies conducted in the country.




Data-Driven Innovation For NGOs: Improving Project Impact Through Accurate Data Collection.

by Seamfix

It is necessary, if not mandatory, for every Non-Governmental Organisation (NGO) to imbibe a data-driven culture from start to finish, such that before every action is taken, data is collected to ‘get the facts rights’ and to glean insights of how to be impactful in their community.

However, the market is challenging partly because the tool needed to do this is either unavailable or not holistic enough to cater to peculiar project needs. Thus, NGOs will have to settle for numerous solutions to do different things — one to capture biometrics, one to capture textual data, one to analyze, another to do something else. This is a major problem especially for organizations in this industry that relies heavily on funding.

NGOs, Meet BioRegistra — a digitization tool that enables organizations to convert paper forms to robust digital forms, enhancing the collection of data for business processes. BioRegistra, as a data digitization tool, nullifies the shortcomings of paper forms, especially the redundancy that they bring to business operations and overall productivity of fast-paced organizations. (Request a Demo.)

With BioRegistra in mind, let us answer the grassroots problems with data collection in the NGO space, which we have summed into 2 broad questions:


How Do We Capture the Data We Need?


With BioRegistra, NGOs have a robust platform to collect all kinds of information — textual, fingerprints, image, and so on, that conform with accepted predefined standards. Considering that data collection is just one aspect of the key components needed by organizations in this space to function, BioRegistra provides them with end-to-end analytics of all data collected in the field. That’s one device to carry out the data capture and the same device to analyze. This completely eliminates the need for NGOs to spend cash on multiple half-baked devices and greatly improves on paper forms in that it saves time on the timelines set by these organizations for research and campaigns, which in turn quickens project impact.

Depending on the size and scope of a project, BioRegistra allows these organizations to onboard as many field agents as possible to the platform, ensuring that they cover as many locations as possible in a short while. Armed with BioRegistra on a mobile Android or Windows device, field agents and volunteers can collect every type of data needed, without limits in the field.

Still on the ‘No limits’ capabilities, how about when NGOs need to carry out a project in remote locations where internet connection is either shaky or outright unavailable? Here’s your answer…BioRegistra’s offline features will ensure field agents and volunteers can always fill digital forms whether there is internet connection or not. This means organizations are able to expand their reach and collect data anywhere.

Even more, admins can stay in the loop of data collection operations using the Agent and Data Management Dashboard on BioRegistra, which provides an overview of all capture activities for every project and easy monitoring and evaluation of agent’s performance.

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What Can We Achieve with the Data We Have Collected?


A proper assemblage of accurate data collection and proper analysis of collated data is essential to NGOs when monitoring and evaluating the impact of programs, and also instrumental to the pursuit & interaction with the right group of people and organizations.  

Data collected can be used to win the hearts of donors and ultimately convince them that their programs/projects are worth every penny of donor funds. Primarily, donors want to see verifiable outcomes of the different initiatives and programs that they fund or intend to fund, and this can be best presented using detailed data and analytics. The structured insight gained from the data will keep you accountable to your donors.

On the flip side, incorrect information or insufficient data can be a significant deterrent to the efficient and smooth functioning of the NGO’s targeted approach.

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We believe the work you do is really important and adopting a data capture solution/software that ensures your efforts make the desired impact is just as important. So if you own or work for a non-governmental organization or even a nonprofit organization and need to start making data-driven decisions, remember that BioRegistra is the perfect digitization tool for you to collect and analyze data, thereby making you a forward thinking and impactful NGO to your community.

Why not give it a try… IT’S FREE.