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Can BYOD and smartphones move clinical trials forward?

Brian Eastwood | July 11, 2013
The majority of today's clinical trials use paper surveys or single-purpose handheld devices to gather patient data. Web forms improve this process, but the smartphone could be a leap forward for the 'BYOD clinical trial'--if a notably risk-averse industry is willing to embrace the change.

Zielinski says the biopharma industry as a whole should closely study crowdsourcing initiatives and the ever-growing number of devices that plug into smartphones to gather personal health data. As these disruptive innovations make more and more patients "experts" at data collection, the clinical trial process could fundamentally change.

"Technology development is outpacing our ability to...manage it," Zielinski says, adding that it's "getting to the point that we are no longer the experts in gathering data from patients."


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