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Revolutionizing Patient Care with mHealth
Posted on November 23rd, 2016 by Betsy Davis in Pharma R&D
Mobile technology has become an integral part of our lives, indispensable for everything from shopping to working. And now it’s quickly becoming a big part of how we manage our health. In fact, in just the last two years, the number of American consumers who use healthcare-related mobile applications and wearable technology has doubled. Dubbed “mHealth,” mobile tech utilized for health purposes is revolutionizing patient care – and it is also being used more and more in clinical trials, where it can be particularly helpful in overcoming communication and adherence challenges.
Elsevier’s Tim Hoctor was recently interviewed for an article on this subject for PharmaVOICE (“mHealth in Clinical Research” by Denise Myshko) and discussed how this technology, by allowing pharmaceutical companies to gather important data immediately, makes it possible to act on trends (e.g. anomalies, patient drop-off) in real time during trials. Essentially, patients are able to take a more active role in the process, either by providing feedback directly or by allowing the wearable to do it for them.
Talking to a variety of people working in the mHealth space, author Myshko reveals that many new applications and technologies are being developed (often through creative partnerships), and these include innovations like “smart” inhalers and motor performance tests that can be taken on a tablet device. mHealth has its own set of challenges, ranging from security risks to effective data integration, but the ability to monitor vital signs, collect feedback and send reminders to patients are all major advantages that are driving increased use of smartphone apps and wearables in clinical trials.
Find out more about mHealth in clinical research by reading the complete feature article.
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