What is electronic capture and how does it work?

Electronic data capture (EDC) refers to the process of collecting and managing data electronically, rather than using traditional paper-based methods. EDC systems utilise specialised software to capture data directly into a digital format, streamlining the collection process and improving accuracy. These systems can collect data from various sources such as online forms, sensors, barcodes, and mobile devices. The data is then validated in real-time, reducing the likelihood of errors and ensuring high data quality. Once captured, the data is stored in a centralised database where it can be easily accessed, analysed, and integrated with other systems.