Pensacola, Fla.-based ActiGraph, a provider of objective patient monitoring solutions for the global research community, has released a new mobile app for researchers.
The iOS compatible ActiLife Mobile app supports in-field communication with the company’s newest wireless-enabled physical activity and sleep/wake monitoring devices, allowing researchers to initiate data capture and view real-time summary data and operating status reports from active devices in the field using an iPhone or iPad.
ActiLife Mobile includes three distinct areas of functionality that offer researchers more flexibility, along with an added measure of security against errors and data loss.
It allows users to configure and initiate data collection for multiple wireless ActiGraph devices from a mobile device. The ability to perform in-field device initializations streamlines project workflow and helps to prevent deployment delays when unforeseen issues arise.
ActiLife Mobile allows users to perform burst downloads of active wireless devices, providing real-time daily and cumulative statistics on wear time, energy expenditure, steps taken and activity intensity. Researchers are able to quickly assess protocol adherence and intervene as needed.
Also, users can monitor the operating status of active devices, including battery voltage, data collection status, sample rate and amount of recorded data. This critical feature allows the researcher to preemptively identify and correct any issue that may compromise the integrity of a data set.
“ActiLife Mobile was designed specifically to make the researchers’ job easier and more effective by giving them the flexibility to perform many of their tasks outside the lab and without being tethered to a PC workstation,” said Jeremy Wyatt, ActiGraph’s vice president of software engineering. “Perhaps even more important, however, is the ability to use a mobile device to monitor subject behavior and compliance during data collection. This adds a dynamic element to the study and enables the research team to implement changes in protocol based on real-time information, ultimately saving time and money.”
The ActiLife Mobile iOS app is available for download in the Apple App Store.
ActiGraph’s hardware and software products are used in more than 65 countries in research studies and clinical trials involving physical activity, energy expenditure and sleep/wake behavior, and their relationships to a wide range of health conditions including obesity, diabetes, cancer, cardiovascular disease and sleep disorders.