Use of Wearable, Mobile, and Sensor Technology in Cancer Clinical Trials.

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Use of Wearable, Mobile, and Sensor Technology in Cancer Clinical Trials.

JCO Clin Cancer Inform. 2018 12;2:1-11

Authors: Cox SM, Lane A, Volchenboum SL

As the availability and sophistication of mobile health (mHealth) technology (wearables, mobile technology, and sensors) continues to increase, there is great promise that these tools will be transformative for clinical trials and drug development. This review provides an overview of the current landscape of potential measurement options, including the various types of data collected, methods/tools for collecting them, and a crosswalk of available options. The opportunities and potential drawbacks of mHealth in cancer clinical trials are discussed. Specific concerns related to data accuracy, provenance, and regulatory issues are highlighted, with suggestions for how to address these in future research. Next steps for establishing mHealth methods and tools as legitimate and accepted measures in oncology clinical trials include continuation of regulatory definition by the FDA; establishment of security standards and protocols; refinement and implementation of methods to establish and document data accuracy; and finally, creation of feedback loops wherein regulators receive updates from researchers with better and more timely data, which should decrease trial times and lessen drug development costs. Implementing mHealth technologies into cancer clinical trials has the potential to transform and propel oncology drug development and precision medicine to keep pace with the rapidly increasing developments in genomics and immunology.

PMID: 30652590 [PubMed – indexed for MEDLINE]