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Unlocking What’s Possible for Patients Through Tech


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    UCB is committed to discovering and developing new solutions that transform the lives of people living with severe diseases. For Sr. IT Project Lead, Stayce Murray, technology is a key part of this equation to unlock what’s possible. Read more from Stayce about why she puts patients at the heart of everything she does.

    Every day, I wear two hats: one as a patient and another as an innovator within clinical IT. These two perspectives drive me to want to continue to find solutions for tomorrow. From my perspective, I can envision the new opportunities that could be unlocked by technology that would benefit the needs of patients. We have many examples of encouraging ways tech is helping us right now, whether it’s a through a health app, new wearable, or augmented healthcare. However, as an innovator, it is my calling to look beyond what’s available today and toward what else could be possible in the future. On the surface this sounds simple, but it takes courage to be innovative. If we had never tried to fly and fail often, we wouldn’t have airplanes.

    At UCB, our team is working on addressing significant issues faced by our industry through technology. These issues are important to solve because they affect how patients receive the care and treatments they need. For example, one issue is the lengthy timelines to bring solutions for patients to the market due to inefficiencies in the clinical development process. By using technology such as AI and automation, we are looking at ways to improve areas within the process that are manual and labor intensive. One solution we’ve implemented is a risk-based monitoring system. The technology allows us to automatically predict certain risks that might come up within the study before it gets started. This type of data helps our study teams create a sounder clinical trial protocol from the beginning. In addition, this system will help to identify areas of refinement to help reduce the complexity of the study design and reduce the activities required of a patient participating in a trial.  This helps ensure the study teams stay focused on what is critical to prove its primary objective. All these elements together ultimately allow a study to progress in a more timely manner and with less potential risk, thanks to technology.

    We are embarking on unprecedented times, where we can use technology to help bring differentiated and impactful solutions to our patients faster when time matters most. With more than 15 years of experience in analytics, reporting, business intelligence, and data visualization, I am driven by how IT can enhance the patient experience. It’s going to take hard work, persistence, and courage to unlock what’s possible, but I’ve never been more excited to be a part of innovating what’s yet to come.


    About the Author
    Stayce Murray is a clinical IT professional with over 15 years of experience in helping teams translate data into informed actions.  Her experience in business intelligence and reporting, along with data visualization, are key to helping drive informed decisions.

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