Remote Monitoring methods in Clinical Trials, using wearables and tracking devices in clinical trails, FDA regulations of wearables in clinical trials

Wearable Devices for Remote Monitoring in Clinical Trials

The uptake of remote monitoring is on the increase according to the latest data from GlobalData Healthcare. However, questions remain over how it should be regulated.

The number of studies using remote monitoring methods, including wearables and tracking devices, has jumped from an average of 60 per year between 2010 and 2016, to more than 250 in 2021, according to analysis from Clinical Trials Arena.

Wearables allow data to be collected automatically and digitally – reducing the need for patients to keep manual data records. Remote forms of monitoring also ease the patients’ burden in clinical trials by reducing the number of site visits required.

Wearables also have the advantage of allowing for real-time data collection, and increase the depth and breadth of data gathered. Successful clinical trials rely on rich patient data, and while a site visit may capture a snapshot of the patient’s experience, wearables provide continuous data that can potentially provide new insight to investigators.

However, in order to fully realize the potential of wearables to streamline clinical research, the processes involved in regulation must be simplified. Currently, there is regulatory guidance from the FDA, but it is quite demanding and arduous to navigate.

The future of remote monitoring rests upon increased regulatory guidance. In addition, there must be greater collaboration between device manufacturers, sponsors, and regulators to fully define how and when wearables can be used; they must agree on standardization in terms of use and validation.

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