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Flatiron Health Embarks on Strategic Collaboration with Sanofi to Make Clinical Trials More Efficient by Streamlining Data Acquisition at the Point of Care


May 2023

Flatiron Health Embarks on Strategic Collaboration with Sanofi to Make Clinical Trials More Efficient by Streamlining Data Acquisition at the Point of Care

One of the industry’s first scalable EHR-to-EDC technologies that enables sites to transfer data more efficiently, resulting in faster access to cleaner data with less burden for both sites and sponsors.

Flatiron Health announced a new collaboration today with Sanofi in their pursuit to redesign the clinical trial experience for sponsors, sites, and patients in the therapeutic area of oncology. 

The multi-study collaboration between Sanofi and Flatiron will focus on improving clinical trial data acquisition, delivery, and quality through site-facing technology that digitally transfers data captured in the electronic health record (EHR) directly into the electronic data capture (EDC) system through Flatiron Health’s EHR-to-EDC product, Flatiron Clinical Pipe™. Clinical trial sites will be able to reduce time spent on both manual, high-volume data entry and downstream data resolution issues, so that they have more time to spend with patients. 

By focusing on the area of oncology, this collaboration intends to accelerate development of new treatments and help more people with cancer. The collaboration will make it easier for sites to participate in oncology trials by reducing redundant, manual and often error-prone data entry processes, including taxing local lab management. This novel approach will be used across a portfolio of trials and a broad network of research sites - including both Academic and Community cancer centers.

The initial Sanofi trial using Flatiron’s technology had its first automated data push earlier this year, successfully transferring over 50% of study data1 from the EHR to the EDC. Sanofi and Flatiron will collaborate on data standards and mapping to expand the volume and types of data eligible for automated transfer. Additionally, as a result of deploying Flatiron Clinical Pipe™, Flatiron expects the number of queries to decrease by roughly 50%, adding to efficiency gains for both sites and Sanofi study teams2

“Flatiron’s expansion into the clinical research space is a natural progression for us. With the FDA’s guidance3 on interoperable technology that allows electronic transmission of relevant EHR data to the EDC system, we knew we had an opportunity with Flatiron Clinical Pipe to unlock the potential of data captured in the EHR, reduce the burden of clinical trials and accelerate research timelines,” says Alex Deyle, General Manager, Clinical Research, Flatiron Health. “We’re incredibly excited to collaborate and partner with forward-thinkers like Sanofi, who share our aspiration to leverage data and technology to transform clinical research. We look forward to working with the industry to solve a variety of challenges in the clinical research space—for the benefit of sponsors, CROs, sites and ultimately, the patients.”

About Flatiron Health

Flatiron Health is a healthtech company expanding the possibilities for point of care solutions in oncology and using data for good to power smarter care for every person with cancer. Through machine learning and AI, real-world evidence, and breakthroughs in clinical trials, we continue to transform patients’ real-life experiences into knowledge and create a more modern, connected oncology ecosystem. Flatiron Health is an independent affiliate of the Roche Group.

About Flatiron Clinical Pipe™

Flatiron Clinical Pipe™ is one of the industry’s first scalable EHR-to-EDC connectors that enables data transfer between most major EHR and EDC systems. Flatiron Clinical Pipe™ eliminates double data entry, allowing health care providers and research staff to spend more time focusing on patients. 

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  1. Sanofi data, February 2023

  2. Sanofi data, 2022

  3. Use of Electronic Health Record Data in Clinical Investigations. FDA Guidance for Industry. U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Food and Drug Administration, Center for Drug Evaluation and Research (CDER), Center for Biologics Evaluation and Research (CBER), Center for Devices and Radiological Health (CDRH). July 2018.