clinical trials

By Jonah Comstock January 12, 2016
There are many approaches to using digital technology to promote medication adherence, from tiny sensors embedded in pills to Bluetooth-connected pill boxes, to simple reminder apps. There’s something of a trade-off between hardware offerings, which provide real validation and accountability but can be expensive to deploy and scale, and software offerings, which are very easy to scale, but have a...
By Aditi Pai April 14, 2015
Apple announced that ResearchKit, its open source platform that helps researchers build medical apps and recruit patients for smartphone-based clinical studies, is now open researchers and developers. After going live in early March, the first five ResearchKit-enabled apps have recruited over 60,000 participants collectively, Apple said. One of the first five apps offered, called Share the...
By Jonah Comstock March 11, 2015
Apple's ResearchKit has only just been announced, and most agree that the project has tremendous potential to improve medical research. Being able to tap anyone with a smartphone as a potential low-time-commitment research participant could make research trial recruiting cheaper, easier, and lead to larger, more representative samples. But will ResearchKit be able to tap anyone with a smartphone...
By Jonah Comstock March 10, 2015
When Apple made its ResearchKit announcement yesterday, my mind immediately went to the Google Baseline Study, a massive research project conducted by Google, using mobile health tools to create unprecedented amounts of data about a large sample of healthy people. Not that the two initiatives are overly similar, but both their differences and the similarities that do exist are interesting. In...
By Jonah Comstock November 17, 2014
Pharmaceutical company GlaxoSmithKline is using mobile health tools in a small study -- just six subjects -- that could lead to there more widespread use in clinical trials. The company is working with data startup Medidata and sensor makers Vital Connect and ActiGraph to evaluate the impact of wearable sensors in clinical trial settings. “Working with GSK on this initiative has provided us with...
By Jonah Comstock September 8, 2014
Watson at Memorial Sloan-Kettering IBM's Watson, a cognitive computing system that has already been deployed in a number of healthcare use cases, is teaming up with Mayo Clinic to bring its computing power to bear on the  age-old problem of matching active clinical trials with eligible participants. "Using natural language processing and powerful data analytics capabilities, Watson will help...
By Jonah Comstock May 14, 2014
A clinical trial app from the Cleveland Clinic. Mobile health provides a large and serious opportunity for the improvement of clinical trials, but one that always seems to be just out of reach. It's something we've written about a few times before. But Joseph Kim, Director of Patient Recruitment and Engagement at Shire Pharmaceuticals, believes the way that patient drug trials need to innovate...
By Brian Dolan May 2, 2014
Proteus Digital Health Out of all the digital health stakeholders, pharmaceutical companies have both one of the biggest opportunities and some of the most significant challenges to make the most of mobile and digital technologies. As such, while providers and payors have dived into the digital health world with gusto, moves from pharma have often been tentative. They are just now starting to...
By Jonah Comstock April 10, 2014
Boston-based PatientsLikeMe, a hub for crowd-sourced patient data and an open research platform, has announced its most wide-reaching pharma partnership yet, a five-year agreement to share data with Genentech, a division of Roche. "They are a forward-looking company in the health IT space, and ... I think they're really looking at new forms of evidence and how that can improve their business and...
By Jonah Comstock February 5, 2014
TapTrak's forthcoming clinical trials app. Medical micro-journaling startup tapTrak has formally hired pharma veteran Efren Olivares, a hire that signals the company's upcoming expansion into the pharma space. New York City-based tapTrak, which raised $390,000 in seed funding last July, began its life in 2011 as a consumer-focused quantified self app, to make it easy for people to track and...

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