The CenterWatch Weekly, July 25, 2016
Enrollment strategies in the PMI Cohort Study will bolster diversity in clinical research industry-wide
The Precision Medicine Initiative (PMI) Cohort Program is an ambitious observational study backed by the National Institutes of Health (NIH) that seeks to enroll at least one million Americans by 2020. Because of its massive scale, the Cohort Program is often compared to the 1948 Framingham Heart Study. Yet a crucial differentiator is that the Cohort Program aims to recruit participants with diverse backgrounds and ethnicities to better understand the root cause of disease for all Americans.
ePRO poised to get more user friendly as eClinicalHealth develops validation for BYOD
Sponsors and CROs are enthusiastic about the usefulness of handheld devices in clinical trials, which allow study subjects to input information in real time, rather than having all patient info stuffed into the patient’s meeting at the study site. Naturally, many companies are now in a race to make electronic patient-reported outcomes (ePRO) more user friendly. eClinicalHealth of Stirling, Scotland, has just pulled ahead. eClinicalHealth, in conjunction with Icon, recently released a device-independent methodology to validate and standardize patient questionnaires on handheld devices, allowing patients to download an app to track the info needed for the clinical trial they are enrolled in.
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