The MedidataEvents in london this week brought all sorts of clinical and data people together to discuss novel approaches to clinical trials . Clinical trials are clinical trials ?

But now patients are being asked to bring there own device to collect data . Everybody carries there own little computer their own personal smart phone so this seems a really big advance.

Apps are being downloaded at clinical sites onto people’s own devices to start the collection of data . Getting a standardised smartphone is hard but it is happening . Data collection has moved from paper to electronic and now it’s moving to bring your own device . Bring your own device and paper studies have been compared and it is possible to use BYOD for some phase II and phase III studies .Blimey ! This does seem a change . What’s going to be the benefits ?Visual analogue scales previously on paper with a pen are beautifully crafted in digital form so clearly it’s more elegant and data directly collected electronically so that good .
Roche has developed a Parkinson’s app.
It measures voice ,balance, gait, dexterity, rest tremor and active tremor . This is smart data that can be measured on an ongoing basis .Very interesting and bringing greater influence and awareness to patients . This could be the Begining of real world data .

Sensors and Smartphones are being brought together for large clinical trials using motion gaming platforms .This is so powerful for performance tests in diseases such as Parkinson’s,stroke,MS etc . Innovation moving clinical trials up a gear ………