The Evolving Role of Digital Tools & RPM in Clinical Trials

The Evolving Role of Digital Tools & RPM in Clinical Trials

Note that views expressed in this opinion article are the writer’s personal views and not necessarily those of TrialSite.

Clinical trials are an integral aspect of medical research and therapy development. With an increasingly high profile, the equipment and processes used in those trials are more critical than ever, specifically digital tools enabled by wireless sensors and networks. Tools related to remote patient monitoring (RPM) can deliver high-quality data on the patients without the need for close proximity, through the use of automated and continuous data capture from medical wearable sensors. 

Typically, clinical trials originate on site in a healthcare or educational facility with a dependence on subjects to then self-report required information from home. Even before COVID-19, that process had issues with continuity and trial subject compliance. In today’s healthcare landscape, social distancing guidelines and facilities with limited staffing and capacity make face-to-face interaction even more difficult which is causing a disruption in many trials.

To adapt and move forward, digital tools – specifically RPM technologies – are gaining traction as a means for ef...

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