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41% of Canadian Clinical Trials Use Devices That Report Data

Posted Dec 23 2009 3:37pm

Is this to say pretty soon you will be recognized by the apparel you wear that you are in a clinical trial?  I say this in jest due to some information from a prior post below, the Life Shirt and now one with Bluetooth and Wireless too.  The device are coming faster than what we think.  I have built up somewhat of a library on devices that report data on the blog so search them out if you like, and there’s some strange ones on here too.  BD

Wearable Sensors and Other Healthcare Innovations Set to Flourish

LifeShirt Has Upgrade Coming Out With Bluetooth and Zigbee Wireless – A Shirt that Transmits Health Data

I have talked about devices, well now let’s enter the wearables.  If you like your LifeShirt enough you can even sleep with it.  Actually the shirt records data while you sleep so there is a purpose other than maybe just liking the fit.   Actually the data collected can render information related to diagnosing and treating sleep apnea.  Pharmaceutical companies are also using the shirt to help collect data during clinical trials.  Does this mean I’ll have a garment to reboot? (grin)

I have reported on some interesting devices, there’s a bra that will check your heart rate too, good for the gals, but maybe not of interest for the men.

Of course there is the exotic Blue Tooth Inhaler that I reference quite a bit here as well.  Why a Bluetooth inhaler you might ask, the answer is compliance as it talks to a phone and records and send data.  Watch the video from Cambridge Consultants and you can see the software and the whole thing set up ready to go, even to report to insurance companies which of course we are not supposed to do here in the US.  Keep in mind the video was made in the UK.  This is also an area where we need clarity too on perhaps in the future claims not being paid due to negligible non compliance with data trails to show a few mistakes, as we know how insurers use their algorithms to calculate and “score” our existence.  Remember United makes more money today from technology than they do from policies via their Ingenix data division. 

Forty-one percent of Canadian clinical trials conducted from 2006 to 2007 used electronic records, according to a study published in the Journal of Medical Internet Research, United Press International reports.

Roughly half of the 950 registered Canadian trials from 2006-2007 were funded by the pharmaceutical industry, and those trials were more likely to utilize electronic data capture tools, researchers found.

41% of Canadian Clinical Trials Use Electronic Systems, Study Finds - iHealthBeat

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