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Standardizing CRO Costs and Expectations

With the ever-increasing costs associated with conducting clinical trials, many medical device and pharma companies continue outsourcing various operational pieces to contract research organizations (CROs) and other augmentation service groups. By doing so, they are often saving money and the trials are typically completed faster (up to 30%) than when kept in-house (American Pharmaceutical Review ).

The Power of Engaged Employees

If you’re the owner or CEO of your company, it’s vital you take a look at how engaged your employees are. Your employees are the foundation and often the face of your company. The most engaged employees are the ones who love their job and feel like they’re making a difference. They are also the ones who will motivate and inspire others. This engagement may stem from their own satisfaction and career choice, but as an employer, you have the tools to see that your employees are fully engaged.

Evolution Creates Value

What drives change?  Sometimes it’s the economics of supply and demand, unexpected growth or industry climate shift – sometimes unidentified sources can tip these scales. In the case of Hart Clinical Consultants (HCC), our change is due to a purposeful rebranding and evolution to create value.  

The Benefits of Being a Contracted Clinical Research Associate

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If you’re reading this, you’re likely not new to this industry.  But, just in case, a CRA’s primary job responsibility is to monitor clinical trials, ensure the protocol is followed and that all data collected is protected and verified. Depending on level of experience and protocol requirements, CRAs may also handle case-proctoring and device training.  The latter is often the case of CRA’s that work with Hart Clinical Consultants.

Winning the Hart Healthy Challenge One step at a time

If you’ve been following our recent blog entries, you know the background and premise behind the Hart Healthy Challenge during the month of February. In short, we believe a company’s internal culture can have a discernable effect on those that work within it. By design, HCC levels great value on how physical well-being can influence work-place and staff “barometers.” Using this philosophy as a motivator, our leadership team distributed Jawbone Up24 fitness tracking devices to all clinical research associates (CRA). Thus began a friendly competition to achieve the most steps, noting milestones and earning simple (but attractive!) prizes along the way. At the end of the month, first and second place winners received a predetermined amount of funding to donate to a local charity of their choosing.

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HCC Employee Donates $500 to Morning Dove Therapeutic Riding Inc.  

Noblesville, IN (March 16, 2016) – Janice Boyd, clinical research associate (CRA) for Hart Clinical Consultants (HCC) – a national clinical research organization (CRO) – donated $500 to Morning Dove Therapeutic Riding Inc. this week as a result of winning HCC’s “Hart Healthy Challenge,” a National Hearth Month initiative to support healthy lifestyles and give back to the local community. Using Jawbone UP24 devices to track their steps, the team members attempted to reach and surpass daily step goals. First and second place finishers were awarded cash prizes to donate to their favorite local charity.

“I chose Morning Dove for a number of reasons. As a nurse, I’m a caregiver by nature, but also a passionate animal lover,” said Janice, who owns two horses herself. “Morning Dove does an amazing job of helping people, primarily children, to work with physical and emotional challenges.”

The challenge not only gave Janice the opportunity to give back to her local community, but she also found an increased motivation to exercise. She became aware of sitting for too long and got creative with her efforts to achieve her daily step goal with activities like walking the dog, jogging in place, doing jumping jacks and sometimes just running around the house.

“I’m active by nature,” Janice said. “But the Hart Healthy Challenge drove me to move more than usual.”

HCC takes a personal interest in their staff and was thrilled when the team achieved a total of 3.4 million steps together. According to a study released in June 2015 by the Society for Human Resource Management, 70 percent of U.S. employers now offer some kind of employee wellness program. The trend of walking-based challenges like the “Hart Healthy Challenge” will continue to be popular in 2016, and HCC plans to organize another competition later this year.

“Everyone won something this past month by increasing their daily steps and fitness goals,” said HCC Chief Executive Officer Jim Hart. “We value the health and happiness of our employees. It was amazing to see how the competition sparked their motivation and excitement. I hope we inspired other companies to do the same.”

To learn more about HCC’s national team of medical professionals and innovative services, visit www.hartclinicalconsultants.com.

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About Hart Clinical Consultants: Hart Clinical Consultants is a comprehensive clinical research organization (CRO), providing staff augmentation and leadership throughout all phases of medical device and pharma/IND clinical trials. HCC has an industry leading staff of senior clinical research consultants and specialists across the country that integrate directly into host environments, providing expert proctoring, training, monitoring and oversight for medical device trials. Hart Clinical Consultants has a proven history of securing thorough and timely results for such high-profile brands as Stryker, ResMed, Juventas, CardioDx and Integrium. For more information, follow @HartClinical on Twitter or visit www.hartclinicalconsultants.com.

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Hart Healthy Challenge- Changing Hearts and Lives

The Hart Healthy Challenge has officially come to an end. Ben Blaylock took first place with Janice Boyd stepping in at a close second.

In honor of Heart Month and in an effort to promote healthy lifestyles and interactions between the team, we challenged our staff to a friendly competition in February. Using Jawbone UP24 devices to track steps, everyone attempted to reach and surpass daily goals of 10,000 steps recommended by the American Heart Association. Together, our team walked 3.4 million steps during the month-long challenge!

We value the health and happiness of our employees, and it was amazing to see how the competition created a natural motivation in the team to move more. Everyone “won” something this past month by increasing their daily steps and fitness goals.

As part of the first-place prize, Ben received $2,000 to donate to his charity of choice, Operation Homefront. Based in Ben’s hometown of San Antonio, Operation Homefront provides emergency assistance to service member’s families and wounded vets. The charity is close to Ben’s heart since many of his family members currently serve or have served in the military.

Janice Boyd earned second place in the challenge and also received $500 to donate to the charity of her choice, Morning Dove Therapeutic Riding Inc. Morning Dove helps people, primarily children, to work with physical and emotional challenges. As an animal lover and owner of two horses, Janice understands the healing impact horses have on people and was thrilled with the opportunity to give back to such a deserving organization.

Ben set a New Year’s resolution in January to get back in shape. After a few weeks, he hadn’t made the progress he was hoping for, so he decided to sign up for a half marathon called the “Alamo 13.1” in San Antonio. At the same time, he was asked to join the “Hart Healthy Challenge” and the timing was perfect! Training for the half marathon and aiming to win the Hart Healthy Challenge, Ben was more motivated than ever and lost 20 pounds in just a few weeks!

“This wouldn’t have happened without the challenge,” Ben said. “Seeing the rest of the team’s activity motivated me to surpass the step goal every day. All the walking strengthened my legs, making a huge difference in my training.”

Similarly, Janice found an increased motivation to exercise because of the Hart Healthy Challenge. She became aware of sitting for too long and would do anything to achieve her daily step goal such as walking the dog, jogging in place, walking on the treadmill, doing jumping jacks and sometimes just running around the house.

“I’m active by nature,” Janice said. “But the Hart Healthy Challenge made me more conscious of being still and drove me to move more than usual.”

The other team members were close behind Ben and Janice and we’re proud of everyone for pushing their limits, to not only increase their health, but also give back to a bigger cause! Many thanks to the team! We hope this challenge inspired not only our staff, but other companies in our industry to put the health of their employees first.