Written By: Kamei Triebell
Last week we discussed using real-time data to understand potential adverse events sooner. This week, we are going to look at the overall benefits of managing a clinical trial on a mobile device. Mobile health technology accelerates the pace of innovation in drug development and enhances patient engagement. This means improved patient experiences, compliance with medications/treatment, and a more efficient and economical trial.
Improved Patient Experiences
Patient engagement apps have the potential to greatly improve the experiences of patients and the overall quality of the patient’s health. For example, an Arizona-based pharmacy began offering a mobile application to help patients more easily manage their prescriptions. Prescription adherence increased significantly for HIV patients who were given this interactive text app. 21% more HIV patients using the app maintained an adherence rate of approximately 90% than those who did not use the app. Not only does this reduce the burden of site visits and reduce site-administered procedures, mobile apps have the potential to allow physicians and a clinical team to actively communicate with patients. Patient communication is critical to achieving quality care and retaining patients throughout the entirety of the trial.
One of the hardest things for medical professionals to control in a traditional trial setting is understanding how patients truly handle their medication once they have headed home. There is no guarantee that a patient is going to strictly follow guidelines, recall false information during a follow up visit, or forget an important side-effect they experienced using the drug. This can be prevented through reminder messages sent to patients about when and how to take the medication, notifications of their progress in the trial, and daily messages that ask if certain medications have been taken, which doubles as a reminder as well as transmitting information back to physicians.
More Efficient Trial
As we discussed last week, mobile technology and wearables are paving the way for a more efficient and economical clinical trial management system by providing access to real-time data to understand adverse events sooner. However, mHealth offers numerous benefits in a clinical trial, including collecting higher frequency data, enhanced data quality, behavioral modification, enrollment, and patient adherence to name a few. For example, Apple’s iWatch and Research Kit is opening avenues for efficient and highly optimized subject enrollment (in one study, enrolling more than 10,000 qualified subjects in one night). In addition, improved patient care means also improved retention rates during the trial process. A clinical trial patient who can see and interact with their own data is not only more engaged, but also much more likely to see the trial through.
Parallel 6 has developed a clinical trial management system that is revolutionizing the way trials are run. Clinical Reach allows sponsors to log into a single, cloud-based platform and with the click of a button send surveys, push notifications, engage with patients, gain immediate insight into patient satisfaction, and other information in real-time anywhere in the world. If you would like to learn more about Parallel 6 or Clinical Reach, please visit our website and request a demo.