Educating for the Future

Methodologies and technologies utilised in the clinical development process have been largely unchanged since 2005. Externally, there have been immense advancements in technology and mindsets related to working with data that have had little impact in our industry. This Working Group sees this as a risk. The risks breakdown into 3 categories:

1) There is a risk of advancement happening outside of our domain that may expose us to threats that we are unable to protect ourselves against.

2) There is a risk that our skill sets and capabilities become outdated and external forces strongly influence the Industry without us having a say 

3) There is a risk that we are missing opportunities to become more efficient and to use these advancements to deliver better value for patients

The goal of this Working Group is to develop frameworks by which to educate the PhUSE community at large. The frameworks will be designed to educate the community on the importance of topics where we feel we have gaps, the details of the topics themselves, and how they can be used to drive innovation in the industry.

We have now established 3 sub teams:

• Machine Learning/Artificial Intelligence

• Design Thinking

• Data Engineering


Future Forum Process has now moved under Educating for the future. The purpose of this working group is to define optimal processes to enable new ways of working and increase collaboration. Identify where clinical programmers can take a lead and add value.

The Process team has two newly formed sub-teams.  Evaluation of Data Processes in Other Industries is investigating process in non-pharma industries relating to data management, acquisition and analysis.  While Professional Development is evaluating new areas in clinical studies where data scientists could contribute and what skills and process might be needed.  Both projects have started work and are looking to share their insights in Q2 this year.

Further details will follow but if you are interested in joining this project please contact 

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