Electronic data capture (EDC)

a technological tool that facilitates the collection of data electronically from clinical trial sites. EDC can reduce errors in data sent from trial sites to the coordinating center and trial sponsor and can help make clinical trial results available faster (Kush, 2006). Use of EDC in clinical trials was discussed during the workshop by some participants who noted that other risk-management practices of clinical trial sponsors, such as having a monitor travel to a clinical trial site to compare hard copies of patient EHRs and EDC printouts instead of correlating this information from electronic archive systems, can nullify the originally intended efficiencies of EDC.