Mobile devices and apps connect with patients where they live and work, making it easier to collect data to inform clinical decisions.
The rapid adoption of digital health technologies such as smartphones, wearable devices, and intelligent biosensors is transforming both clinical research and patient care. As their popularity grows, so does the importance of scientific rigor in validating their use in clinical research and patient care. We need collaborations among digital developers, doctors, and patients so that the products developed meet everyone’s needs. We also need novel means to rapidly generate evidence on the effectiveness of these technologies.
It is essential that we bridge the gap between digital health data and clinical outcomes by collecting and analyzing real-time patient data, increasing the adoption of new technology to advance clinical research, and generating new partnerships and the development of digital health research networks.
Eric Peterson, MD, MPHExecutive Director, DCRI
"Mobile health apps have impacted the home health space by offering a unique opportunity to reach consumers where they are. The more meaningful and effective those apps can be, the better for both health outcomes and for consumers working to live healthier lives."
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