The eSource Readiness Assessment Tool (eSRA) contains questions based on regulations and regulatory agency guidelines for clinical research data sources and should be used to evaluate the suitability of an Investigator Site computerized system to provide data for clinical research.

Clinical research draws on a combination of data collected during a clinical trial and historical medical information relating to the research subject(s).  Many of the data points needed for clinical research are originating in Electronic Health Record Systems, making them “eSource” for clinical research.  Even if these data points are not used in their electronic state for clinical research, but are printed from the electronic health records and then re-entered into a Sponsor's system for a clinical trial, the source of the information (the healthcare system) must still be confirmed as compliant with standards set forth in clinical research regulations and applicable guidance documents.

An eClinical Forum team, comprised of CRAs and Data Managers from different clinical research sponsor organizations and CROs, has produced the "eSource-Readiness Assessment", otherwise known as "eSRA" for sites to perform a self-assessment of their computerized systems ability to be compliant with clinical research regulations. 

                      The eSRA Template Version 2020 can be downloaded as part of the eSRA Handbook below. 

Stay Current!!  As new regulations are released or updated, the eClinical Forum will evaluate if the eSRA questions should be updated. To be notified of future releases of the eSRA Template, please send an email to eSRA@eClinicalForum.org. Your email address will not be used for purposes other than to inform you of updates to eSRA. 

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eSRA Slides suitable to present to your organization

Published on Saturday, December 31, 2016

eSRA Slides suitable to present to your organization

At recent eCF meetings we have discussed the eSource-Readiness Assessment (eSRA) and the desire that it is used widely by sponsors to assist their sites in assessing the appropriateness of their EHRsystems for providing data for clinical trials. At the eCF meeting at Janssen in Brussels in May 2019, Sumarni Oetringer and Martijn Griep presented a ppt presentation they had created to provide information for J&J … showing how eSRA can be used to save the sponsors and sites a lot of time and effort.  There has been a request to make this ppt deck available to others for presenting to their own organization. It has been modified so that it is more general and not J&J-specific.

If you are a site and any of your sponsors are not using eSRA, please pass this presentation on to them. If you are a sponsor or CRO and you are not (yet) using eSRA, please present this to those in your organization who are doing site assessments.

Thanks for spreading the word!  The more organizations that use eSRA, the more efficient and time-saving it becomes for all Sponsors, CROs and Sites.

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Author: Suzanne Bishop (NA Administrator)

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