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The Latest in Wearable Technology

Wearable technology is constantly undergoing rapid changes due to constant advancements in all fields. The clinical trial industry is one that can gain beneficial outcomes from technology evolution, notably in terms of efficiency and cost. Whilst many professionals are currently pessimistic about the cost implications of incorporating wearable technology in clinical trials, it is crucial to be mindful that the positives will take time to outweigh the negatives and that these technologies are being developed to revolutionise clinical trial operations.

The evolution of wearable technology shows impressive developments; from the introduction of the digital hearing aid in 1987, the iPhone, the FitBit and most recently, the Apple Watch. Mobile technology appears to be in a strong position as it enables the use of apps that pharmaceutical companies can invest and develop for their needs and the industry needs.

Recent news reveals that pharmaceutical company Takeda are joining forces with digital technology companies to assist in their clinical trials. They aim to use this technology to measure health indicators, monitor vital signs and sleep metrics which will establish new methods of assessing the needs of a patient. This news comes recently after Takeda launched a project using wearable technology to manage causes for inflammatory bowel disease. Amongst a variety of collaborations, the company is also working alongside Vanderbilt University in a study that uses smartwatches to track symptoms of digestive health issues.

Using technology that focuses on both rigor and innovation allows clinical trial companies to collect data and analyse from a different perspective and in a sense, humanize therapy. These advancements can enable out-of-clinic study in the patients daily life to create understanding of the impacts that treatment has on lifestyle and offers the chance to intervene at noticeable stages before health decreases substantially.

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