GARMIN, Medidata Partner on mHealth Technology
Wearables are now ho hum news, but wearables coupled with big data cloud infrastructure for clinical trials is exciting news. Health tracking that’s always on and collected to study could provide important insights and new pathways for medical treatments. Like the home med kit challenge I issue every year, this will pave the way to better understanding of human health.
Designed to be worn on a person’s wrist 24/7, Garmin’s vívofit measures steps taken, distance, calories burned and hours slept. The water-resistant device—which displays fitness data through its always-on LCD display—is being used by Medidata to capture patient data in clinical trials. The company selected the vívofit because of the ease of use provided by its year-long battery life, which can improve the convenience and speed associated with capturing direct-from-patient data and, as such, has the potential to increase compliance among study participants in a clinical trial setting.
“We’re thrilled to be working with Garmin, a company that shares our passion for innovation and our commitment to enhancing people’s health and well being,” said Glen de Vries, Medidata’s president. “Integrating the vívofit with the Medidata platform is part of our ongoing efforts to unify mHealth devices with cloud-based technologies in a clinical trial setting. We believe these efforts will result in better data, enhanced patient experiences and more efficient trials.”