The ESOURCE READINESS ASSESSMENT TOOL (eSRA)

The tool 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 trials.

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 directly from the site's healthcare system, but are 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 and representatives from sites, has produced the "eSource-Readiness Assessment", otherwise known as "eSRA" for sites to perform a self-assessment of their computerized system's ability to be compliant with clinical research regulations.

The eSRA Questionnaire Version 2021 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 Questionnaire, 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.

Do we keep a list of sites that have completed eSRAs?

We have frequently been asked if we can provide a list of which sites have already completed an eSRA. Due to privacy laws in different countries, eClinical Forum does not keep such a list. We supply the eSRA questionnaire, free of charge, to anyone who wants to use it. We encourage sponsors to keep a list for themselves of which sites they have received a completed eSRA from. We encourage sites to store their completed eSRA in a central location (such as their IT department) so that other groups within the same organization / using the same electronic healthcare system, can use the completed eSRA as a basis to complete their own eSRA.

eSRA Resources

eSRA (eSource Readiness Assessment) Handbook and Assessment Questionnaire

Published on 15 March 2021

eSRA (eSource Readiness Assessment) Handbook and Assessment Questionnaire

eSRA (eSource Readiness Assessment) Handbook and Assessment Questionnaire: ENGLISH Version 2021.1 updated on 15-March-2021.

This is the ONE FILE that you need to perform an eSRA Assessment.

- Sites should complete an eSource-Readiness Assessment (eSRA) to self-assess their healthcare computerized systems (e.g. EHR/EMR) for readiness to originate or handle electronic data that could become part of a clinical research study.

- Sponsors/CROs will find useful information in the Handbook in order to evaluate a completed eSRA from a site, to determine if data that originated in the site's healthcare computerized system complies with clinical research regulations

- Download the Handbook file and save to your computer. The instructions are in section 3 and the assessment is in section 5. Sites should complete the assessment and email it to their sponsors.

Note: Version 2021 was released on 15-March-2021. Version 2020 is still available, however we prefer that everyone immediately start using version 2021.

 

Disclaimer:The information presented in these works draws upon the combined understanding and knowledge of the eClinical Forum and is provided as an aid to understanding the environment for electronic clinical research. The opinions of the author(s) and the eClinical Forum do not necessarily reflect the position of individual companies.The content is unconfirmed and users should assess the content and opinions in the light of their own knowledge, needs and experience as well as interpretation of relevant guidance and regulations.

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When you have completed your eSRA ... Please Help! Be a part of the solution -- An easy way for you to participate in the improvement of our e-clinical environment!  We welcome your feedback on the assessment tool. We would also like to use your completed assessment, in an anonymized way, as part of a summary of the ability and needs of site's computerized systems. We are compiling statistics regarding site abilities, to provide information to software vendors and others, regarding areas for improvement. It is our goal that all healthcare systems will become compliant with clinical research regulations and guidances. Please help us -- send your completed assessment to eSRA@eClinicalForum.org   You are welcome to strip off your organization identifying information before sending, however, this is not necessary as we promise to not use this portion of the assessment for our summary purposes. Feedback is always welcome (both positive and critical) -- please send to esra@eclinicalforum.org. 

TO DOWNLOAD THE HANDBOOK, CLICK ON THE TITLE IN "DOCUMENTS TO DOWNLOAD" BELOW.  Instructions for completing an eSRA are in section 3, and eSRA is in section 5.

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