Clinical trials enable the development of new and improved treatments to save and transform lives. They are hugely important, but can be difficult to establish and run. NHS DigiTrials will provide data, expertise and infrastructure to enable efficient and high quality clinical trials.
Our ambition in partnership with the University of Oxford Big Data Institute, IBM and Microsoft is to:
- support more opportunities for participation in research
- lower costs for developing new treatments
- reduce drug costs to the NHS
- improve the quality of information to patients and their doctors.
The first phase, running to March 2021, is a feasibility service to enable a rapid assessment of the number and location of eligible patients through secure analysis of clinical and demographic data sets.
This is being designed around the needs of clinical trialists and patients, who are being engaged throughout, including active participation in key decision making.