It’s often a challenge to recruit the right subjects for clinical trials–and the right number of subjects. An approach adopted by other academic health centers is to use the patient portal MyChart. Using MyChart has been shown to increase rates of study enrollment by up to three times and do so at one-fifth the cost, compared with mailings and phone calls to subjects. Currently, more than 130,000 MyChart accounts are active through OHSU.
To determine the feasibility of using MyChart as a recruitment tool here, the Oregon Clinical and Translational Research Institute is conducting a study of its own. OCTRI is looking for two or three clinical studies that would be suitable as pilot projects for MyChart-enabled recruitment. A clinical informatics team will work with each researcher to glean an understanding of how MyChart can be used to increase enrollment.
Eligible studies should be recruiting before Sept. 2, 2015, and meet other criteria outlined in the the flier embedded in this post. Questions? Contact Tim Burdick, chief clinical research informatics officer.