Digital Health: Apple Role in Trials Unclear but Wearables Will Become Pervasive

Alaric Dearment of MedCity reports Wearable devices are growing in importance for collecting data in trials, but their utility may vary based on patient demographics and disease state. Data is the lifeblood of any clinical trial, providing information on everything from patients’ responses to therapy to adverse events. Many data points are either self reported or show up in routine exams, but increasingly, it’s possible for trial sponsors to take measurements using wearables, thus obviating the need for subjects to go into the clinic so frequently. Still, the biggest recent news for wearables came earlier this month on the consumer side of the business, with the Food and Drug Administration approval of the Apple Watch as an ECG monitoring device.