Mobile Health

Mobile Health

Mobile devices and apps connect with patients where they live and work, making it easier to collect data to inform clinical decisions.

Our Thinking

The rapid adoption of digital health technologies such as smartphones, wearable devices, and intelligent biosensors is transforming both clinical research and patient care. As their popularity grows, so does the importance of scientific rigor in validating their use in clinical research and patient care. We need collaborations among digital developers, doctors, and patients so that the products developed meet everyone’s needs. We also need novel means to rapidly generate evidence on the effectiveness of these technologies.

It is essential that we bridge the gap between digital health data and clinical outcomes by collecting and analyzing real-time patient data, increasing the adoption of new technology to advance clinical research, and generating new partnerships and the development of digital health research networks.

Zubin Eapen, MD, MHS
Faculty Lead, DCRI Innovations

"How do we unite the benefits of wearable devices with the rigor of science to transform data into knowledge and knowledge into improved patient care?"
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Eric Peterson

Zubin Eapen and Eric Peterson on Mobile Health


Zubin Eapen, MD, and Eric Peterson, MD, MPH, discuss the promise mobile health technology holds for the future of clinical research.


6th Vital Sign


Janet Bettger, ScD, explains how walking speed can serve as a key metric of a person's health.


Can Mobile Health Applications Facilitate Meaningful Behavior Change?


Mobile health interventions, even simple ones, can influence patient behaviors and improve risk profiles in the short term.