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Electronic Data Capture (EDC)

Electronic data capture (EDC) refers to data acquisition in a study. A variety of methods can capture this information, including internet sites or automated phone surveys. This information is stored for later use in study or analysis. Many clinical organizations have moved to EDC formats. These formats have become more standard and more commonly accepted.

What Small and Midsize Businesses Need to Know About Electronic Data Capture (EDC)

Unless they're involved directly or indirectly with clinical trials, most small businesses will never interact with an EDC system. Smaller health care practices may use EDCs to automate how they collect basic information. For example, many small medical offices will use EDC to conduct patient screening, such as checking for specific symptoms. EDC can save time in the office and help to give a medical practice the information they need to know about a patient before the patient even walks in the door.

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