Google Launches Research App to Connect Volunteers to Virtual Clinical Trials
Google has developed and launched a new app for Android phones that offers users recruitment in a list of open trials and the ability to go through the consent process in about one minute or less.
The app’s first project will be a 100,000-participant trial Harvard Medical School and Boston Children’s Hospital are conducting for research into influenza and COVID-19, among other respiratory infections.
Once users have signed on to a trial through the app, they can complete in-app surveys or allow the app to collect their data from a sensor device.
Users also will be able to track and report on their symptoms, preventive measures they’ve taken during the trial as well as medical information they’ve received from test results. Participant data will be encrypted, and advertisers will not have access to the data, Google says.
The app also will give users a broad view of how their participation has affected research by showing them a breakdown of the data they have contributed personally and how their personal demographic group is being represented within the trial. Users also will have access to published study results.
The Google Health Studies app is available for free download from the Google Play app store.