Consumer Electronics Show

There is no bigger stage to see the continued rise of digital health than at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES), which will be held from January 6 – 10th in Las Vegas this year. In an exciting move, CES is expanding its focus on digital health with the Digital Health Summit this year. The breadth of digital health continues to boast established innovators and welcome new technology entrants as a result of $4.3 billion in digital health funding added in 2015 according to Rock Health’s latest report.  This track is also gaining traction when you consider that 80 percent of consumers have adopted at least one digital health technology over the course of 2015.

Digital health is playing an increasingly influential role shaping the future of clinical research. As a participant and panelist at CES this year, I’m looking forward to sharing more about the innovative work Quintiles is doing in digital health to enhance our customers’ clinical research programs. I’ll be alongside a group of fellow industry experts discussing how data from mobile health (mHealth) apps and wearables are impacting clinical research. When considering digital health solutions that are providing positive impact on clinical research studies for our customers today, there are three in particular that come to mind: 

  1. Apple ResearchKit - Quintiles has been busy working with ResearchKit as an mHealth solution for direct-to-patient studies. Our work with the coding framework and study apps can be a vehicle for conducting direct-to-patient research studies with speed and ease of use by patients. The ability to integrate caregivers, patient digital reimbursement, wearables and Electronic Medical Record (EMR) data enhances this solutions’ value as a technology tool for specific study designs.
     
  2. Wearables – the volume of evaluations and use cases continue to grow as our customers look for opportunities to utilize devices (consumer and medical grade) that provide endpoints of interest for their programs. Although many of the consumer-grade wearables (i.e. activity trackers such as FitBit) have data limitations for clinical research programs, they have the ability to provide a wealth of exploratory endpoint data and may be emerging as a bring your own device (BYOD) opportunity to enhance patient engagement.
     
  3. Digital Health Acceleration – with increasing focus on digital health technologies and the need to rapidly evaluate/develop these solutions for integration in research programs, we started an accelerator program to drive rapid development of digital health solutions for our customers. We have seen early success with this model as an opportunity for clinical research and development teams to embrace.

The above solutions represent only a fraction of the list of exciting digital health innovations gaining traction in 2016. It is an exciting time as this year provides an opportunity for embracing the digital health revolution to improve the clinical research experience for sponsors, researchers and patients.