To better enhance our mission to provide research opportunities for all patients, Enterprise Clinical Research Operations (ECRO) has created the Statewide Research Network, a collaborative network of IU Health facilities that focuses on multisite clinical trials. Currently our main partners are IU Health Arnett, IU Health Ball Memorial, and IU Health Bloomington as well as the facilities within the Academic Health Center. Together, we are providing more opportunities for patients to enroll in essential clinical trials, but also saving each participating site time, money, and resources by sharing the work in opening and maintaining trials.
Services Provided to the Research Network and its Partners
- Standardizing research education and training
- Centralizing and coordinating key administrative functions
- Three-party CDA / CTA process
- Collaborative Budget Negotiation
- Centralized Regulatory Support
- Monitoring and auditing statewide
- Assisting with policy alignment and implementation
- Facilitating research communications
- Developing research infrastructure to strengthen efficiency
- Monthly phone calls with research teams throughout the state
Benefits of Opening your Trial Statewide
This is particularly helpful if your protocol has restrictive inclusion/ exclusion criteria, or if you require more rare disease groups. Each site in the statewide network has an experienced research team who is intimately familiar with their region’s demographics. Working with their coordinators and recruiters can help you target difficult-to-track populations.
Negotiating strong budgets to support your operations can be difficult when working with sponsors and funding sources. Our budget and financial team will ensure your group will get the maximum reimbursement during negotiations. In addition, working with other sites allows IRB and administrative fees to be split equality, ensuring lowered costs than if operating independently.
Collaborating gives your team new insight into protocol development, best practices, regulatory management, quality, and more. Each site within our Statewide Research Network has an experienced research team that is uniquely equipped to support certain specialties. We host a monthly meeting to exchange ideas, share upcoming protocols, and provide research guidance. The Statewide Research Network focuses on both improving research across the enterprise and ensuring that our patient population has access to new and innovative trials in their own area. Whether you have a protocol ready to open, or if you are just interested in learning more, you are invited to attend!