An electronic data capture (EDC) system is basically a system that gathers and saves data from clinical trials electronically. Some researchers who use EDC still use paper to jot down data before encoding them into the system. Recent developments have allowed researchers to directly key in records into the electronic system.
An EDC has three essential components:
- A user interface to input numbers, names, records, and statistics
- A confirmation tool to corroborate the data entered by the user
- A reporting device to analyze and interpret the data
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The EDC is used by hospitals as well as clinics in schools and offices because they serve as the sites from where the findings are taken.