Medical Trials:

Both HIT and BioMedical companies depend on clinical trials to prove out the efficacy of new treatments and/or solutions.  While certain trials only make sense in large populations, others might best be tried in smaller rural communities where:

  • There are fewer environmental variables that skew results
  • Clinical administrators typically have less bureaucracy impeding approval of a test
  • Small scale trials can be implemented in series, where the ongoing results are checked and then small adjustments are made as the test moves on to the next community.
  • Expectations are often far more reasonable.

Health Information Technology/mHealth:

The goal of a trial is to prove the efficacy of a tool properly implemented.  A great tool that is implemented improperly (or installed in an environment that is too complex) can find itself black-balled from future projects by virtue of one or two perceived failures.  If that trial happens in a large municipal hospital it will be watched closely by all of that Hospital’s upper management.

Trials done in small rural Hospitals can be assessed, modified/enhanced, and then tried again in another small hospital.  A trial that yields a 60% positive result in a large municipal Hospital might not get another chance, because the money expended might seem to be too large for the results.  A series of small trials that yield 60%, then 70%, then 80% Success rates may very well be adopted system wide after the “learning curve” has yielded the desired results.

Rural Health Resources can be a valuable partner in deploying clinical and HIT/mHealth trials in small rural communities, contact us to find out how.