Going Virtual: How to Implement mHealth and Remote Monitoring in Your Clinical Trials

Going Virtual How to Implement mHealth and Remote Monitoring in Your Clinical Trials

By Anthony Poynton, Senior Director, Program Delivery, Rare Disease & Pediatrics, Premier Research & Vicki Gashwiler, Executive Director, Specialty Programs, Premier Research

In the year since COVID-19 brought all normal activity to a halt, clinical trial professionals around the world have been forced to re-examine their strategies. What happens when neither patients nor clinical research associates can visit trial sites? How can data collection and data monitoring occur — and critically, how can researchers deliver clean, concise results that meet regulatory approval standards?

One simple solution: Maximize the usage of mobile health (mHealth) devices and remote monitoring to collect and manage data. 

Over the past few years, researchers have begun using wireless technologies — from wearables and smartphone apps to home monitoring devices and patient-reported data — to link patients to clinical study teams. This methodology has been particularly prevalent in rare disease trials, where there is a critical need to reduce the patient burden. 

These trials are often spread over broad geographic areas, which has forced participating patients to travel fa...

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