Clinical Data Management Systems

Best Clinical Data Management Systems include:

Bioclinica ICL.

Clinical Data Management Systems Overview

What are Clinical Data Management Systems?

A Clinical Data Management System or CDMS is a tool used in clinical research to manage and store the data of a clinical trial. CDMS employ different means to validate clinical data and minimize errors due to human error caused by manual entry.

It is often built-in to existing Clinical Trial Management Systems (CTMS) software, but more commonly, vendors in the space are offering these two components separately.

Features & Capabilities

Many CDMS platforms are designed to be very industry-specific or use-case-specific. For example, you will find CDMS tailored to use in trauma intake services, psychiatry studies, and/or pharmaceuticals development.

However, here are some key features to look for across CDMS platforms, regardless of their focus:

  • "At-a-glance" dashboards
  • Automated data validation
  • Data locking
  • Data lookups and intuitive search
  • Data reporting, built-in w/ customization options
  • Electronic data capturing (EDC)
  • Support for electrophysiological data
  • Exportation of data in various file formats
  • Interface with word processing/data entry software
  • Integration with related software, like CTMS
  • Support for neuroimage data

Clinical Data Management Systems Comparison

The deciding factors for choosing a CDMS platform are almost identical to that of choosing a CTMS. One of the key decision-makers for choosing a CDMS is whether you'd like to have a cloud or on-premise-hosted solution. Depending on your jurisdiction, regulations on subject rights and privacy may make this decision for you. Also, consider whether you'd like a CDMS specifically designed for your industry, they typically have standardized features that speak to your specific applications that can help with training and onboarding investigators and clinical trial managers. As you're reviewing the regulatory requirements for a CDMS when deciding your deployment style, make sure to verify with vendors that it will comply.

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CDMS Pricing

As with CTMS, CDMS vendors offer free trials, but take note of costs associated with choosing a solution that's right for you: setup and implementation fees, integration fees, compliance fees, support fees, and the addition of added modules and considerations. On the lower-end, you can find CDMS software for around $20k/yr. You may save money both in the short-term and long-term by going with a CDMS that is already backed into an existing CTMS platform.

Clinical Data Management Products

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IBM Clinical Development (ICD)

IBM Clinical Development (formerly eClinicalOS) is a cloud-based electronic data capture (EDC) system.

REDCap (Research Electronic Data Capture)

REDCap is a secure web application designed by Vanderbilt University to build and manage online surveys and databases in a research setting for universities. While REDCap can be used to collect virtually any type of data in any environment (including compliance with 21 CFR Part…

MasterControl Clinical Excellence

MasterControl Clinical Excellence is offered by the vendor as a combined comprehensive clinical trial management system and quality management; essentially it provides data and document management with compliance and auditing protection.

Bioclinica ICL

BioClinica ICL is that company's imagine core lab service, which supports clinical trials with imaging services.

ClinPlus CTMS

ClinPlus Clinical Trial Management System is a cloud-based or on-premise solution from DZS Software in New Jersey supports document and finance management for clinical trials.

Oracle Clinical One

Oracle Health Sciences, a provider of eClinical technology, introduced the Clinical One Data Collection Cloud Service in June, 2020. With the ability to capture data from any source into a single, unified platform, Oracle Clinical One technology supports clinical research to improve…

eCaselink EDC

eCaselink EDC is an electronic data capture platform for clinical trials, from DSG.

Nextrials Prism

Prism is the flagship product from Nextrials, a data management platform with intrinsic business intelligence features and CTMS capabilities (e.g. event tracking, subject screening, etc.).

Dacima Clinical Suite

Dacima Software in Montreal offers the Dacima Clinical Suite, software for the capture, collection, management, and reporting of clinical study data.

nThrive Analytics

nThrive (formerly precyseCode) offers their Analytics platform to support clinical trial management, with both revenue lifecycle management and data analytics and management.


DataFax is clinical data management software from DF/NET Research in Seattle.

Octalsoft CTMS

Octalsoft in Herndon, Virginia offers their clinical trial management system to support large, global research organizations manage multiple sites and have real-time data.

Velos eResearch

Velos in Fremont, California offers what they describe as a comprehensive and adaptive clinical trial management system (CTMS), their flagship software Velos eResearch.


Mosio in San Francisco offers a text messaging service specifically for clinical trials; that means it includes data capture features from SMS surveys used to to track study relevant data while study participants are off-site.

Ambra Clinical Trial Management

Ambra's Clinical Trial Management solution includes an easy image uploader and cloud sharing, customizable fields and image routing logic, automatic de-identification (removing patient identifying information from exam image data before images are transferred), and self-service access…


RealTime-CTMS Software Solutions offers clinical trial management systems supporting calendaring, accounting and budgeting, trial document management, patient data and recruitment, and reporting.

Clear Clinica

Clear Clinica is a small Israeli company that offers a cloud-based clinical trial data monitoring system.

Clinical Conductor

Clinical Conductor is a CTMS which is offered by the vendor, Bio-Optronics in Rochester, New York; it is touted as configurable, deployed by both enterprises and single-site trials, and wholly sufficient on both levels.


YPrime offers their clinical trial management system, supporting data and document management with IRT privacy compliance.

Fusion eClinical Suite

Fusion eClinical Suite is supports small to medium sized companies conducting clinical trials. It's offered by Axiom Real-Time Metrics, headquartered in Toronto.


Wellspring Worldwide headquartered in Chicago offers software supporting innovation and intellectual property management.

LifeSphere CTMS

LifeSphere CTMS (formerly agClinical) is touted as a flexible clinical trial management systems needs for document management, interdepartmental collaboration, and other features associated to LifeSphere's multiple module additions. The software is owned and supported by ArisGlobal,…


DATATRAK in Ohio offers their CTMS for managing clinical trial data, touting what the vendor calls a highly adaptable workflow, as well as document and financial management.


ePharmaONE is a clinical trial management system providing a range of features (e.g. LMS, document management and exchange, site application), from ePharmaSolutions.


Accenture acquired LabAnswer in June 2017 to bolster its clinical trial management and support capabilities. LabAnswer supports many tasks and general operations with automation, and provides clinical data capture and data security features.

Frequently Asked Questions

What is Clinical Data Management?

Clinical Data Management refers to the collection and storage of data collected during clinical research. To obtain quality information that is complete and error-free, the process of collecting and handling research data is performed in compliance with regulatory standards.

What are examples of clinical data?

According to the University of Washington's Health Sciences Library, six main types of clinical data gets collected during trials or patient care:

  • Electronic health records
  • Administrative data
  • Claims data
  • Patient / Disease registries
  • Health surveys
  • Clinical trials data

How does one become a clinical data manager?

Clinical data managers handle all aspects of clinical or patient data collection and dissemination. They typically have Master's Degrees in life/health sciences, computer science, or engineering related to health services. Of course, clinical data managers are usually proficient users of CDMS and CTMS platforms.