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5 Common Myths About eTMF Debunked: Myth #3

At BSI Life Sciences we often hear myths about eTMF. In this blog series we will try to debunk a few of them. Connect with us and let us know your experience with TMF and eTMF!


Myth #3: Migration from a paper TMF or other digital solutions will take ages and take time away from the actual research work

Data migration is often the reason that hospitals, CROs, and small- and medium-sized vendors forgo adopting an eTMF. Let’s face it: Digitizing existing studies or migrating them from one platform to another can sound stressful, if not scary. The good news is, it doesn’t have to be that way! A few measures can (and should!) be taken to streamline transfer of data and minimize risks associated with migration, in order to enable quick onboarding to the eClinical software:

  • Ensure your current TMF is up-to-date

  • Clean any data prior to data transfer

  • Make sure the eTMF uses the same reference model as the one you are currently working with, or start organizing your artifacts according to the eTMF’s model

  • Plan and prioritize


BSI Life Sciences supports your data migration by offering the following:

  1. The option to configure your TMF reference model of choice (or use the one from DIA) in the eTMF
  2. Programmed importing of large data sets
  3. Assistance with manual import of lists of persons and trial organizations

Myth debunked:

Migration from a paper-based TMF is not effortless, but doesn’t have to take ages either. Good planning and prep work, and support from your eTMF provider, ensure you can smoothly switch to an eClinical solution while still conducting your research work.

Next week we will debunk Myth #4: The eTMF will not integrate with my EDC. Stay tuned!

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Jan Nielsen
BSI Life Sciences Community Manager

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