Mobile devices and apps connect with patients where they live and work, making it easier to collect data to inform clinical decisions.
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.
Eric Peterson, MD, MPHExecutive Director, DCRI
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Zubin Eapen, MD, and Eric Peterson, MD, MPH, discuss the promise mobile health technology holds for the future of clinical research.
Janet Pvru Bettger on the 6th Vital Sign
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