Remote data entry
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A remote data entry (RDE) system is a computerized system designed for the collection of data in electronic format. The term is most commonly applied to a class of software used in the life sciences industry for collecting patient data from participants in clinical research studies—research of new drugs and/or medical devices.
Typically, RDE systems provide:
- a graphical user interface component for data entry
- a validation component to check user data
- a reporting tool for analysis of the collected data
RDE software was started in the mid- to late-1980s as software installed locally on portable computers with modems. It has largely been replaced by a newer generation of software called electronic data capture, or EDC, that provides the same type of functionality over the Internet using web pages.