Remote Data Entry

Written by Kathleen Gagne
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There are many ways of collecting data for a company's or organization's use. Remote data entry is just one of them. Remote data entry is often used when many people who are not all in the same place need to add data to a database. The data is keyed in remotely for processing by one or more operators, for collation later, or continuously.

Remote data entry is particularly suited to a variety of vital and sensitive projects such as clinical trial management, quality assurance projects, research and training operations. Sometimes data entry software is used as a basis for the database. Otherwise, an operator could construct the basic database from a commonly used program such as Microsoft Excel or Access.

Remote Data Entry Is So Easy

Today's widespread use of computers means that remote data entry is a possibility for everyone, not just multi-million corporations as in the past. Affordable computer systems mean that even small-to-medium-sized businesses can take advantage of modern technology to produce highly sophisticated databases for purposes of research and operation.

The use of cell phones ads further ease to the operation. Often, technicians and professionals can add to a database by remote data entry with the use of a cell phone. Even a decade ago, such technology was in its infancy. Today though, highly sophisticated remote data entry operations are commonplace for a variety of organizations. Apart from ease and convenience, another advantage of remote data entry is enhanced data security as there is no need for it to be passed around. Data can be fed straight into a database without every being seen by strangers.

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