Electronic Data Capture (EDC)
Definition - What does Electronic Data Capture (EDC) mean?
EDC solutions are widely used for clinical trials and research purposes by clinical research organizations, biotechnology and pharmaceutical industries, and also for safety surveillance activities.
Techopedia explains Electronic Data Capture (EDC)
EDC systems are either commercial, open source or in-house developed. The system may be standalone, server based, or a multi-site, Web-based system. Most of the systems have common features that enable the streamlining of data collection, management and easy data exchange between the various devices and systems. A typical EDC system includes a graphical user interface for data entry, a data validation component and a reporting tool.
Some common features of EDC systems include:
- Standard electronic case report forms (eCRF)
- Data entry with real-time data validation
- Query management
- Data audit trail
- Inspection of data changes
- Data exporting
- Multi-level user access
- Report generation