4 mHealth Considerations for Your Next Trial

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4 mHealth Considerations for Your Next Trial

We’ve entered an age where more people own a mobile device than a toothbrush. As strange and remarkable as that may seem, it presents an unprecedented opportunity for the pharmaceutical industry. Sponsors are quickly learning how to leverage this new level of real-time connectivity to engage patients and improve workflows.

Today, our industry is asking, how and when should we incorporate mobile devices into a clinical trial? In the winter issue of International Clinical Trials, UBC experts outline four key considerations you should make before deciding how to incorporate mHealth into your next trial. The article challenges you to:

  • Define the problem. Being able to accurately outline the issues you’re facing in your clinical trial will help you figure out what type of solution is required, and whether or not it involves mobile devices.
  • Choose the right tool for the job. From apps and mobile websites to text messaging and wearables, there are many different ways a mobile device can be utilized to help solve a problem.
  • Understand your audience. Do special considerations need to be made regarding the patients’ condition, demographics, language barriers, culture or customs? Should you develop a solution for healthcare providers instead of patients?
  • Keep it simple. Don’t overthink the problem and create solutions that are bloated with a lot of extras when a faster, easier solution will suffice.

Like all recruitment and retention solutions, “one size fits all” does not apply when deciding on the appropriate mHealth option for your study. Navigating the mHealth space can seem daunting, but selecting the right partner to help guide you through the myriad of solutions in order to make the most effective decisions can be a great first step.  Contact us today to start exploring mHealth options for your next trial.

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