Updated on 18 August 2015
A recent finding by Exco InTouch indicates that there has been a significant increase in the uptake of mobile electronic patient reported outcomes (ePRO) in the healthcare field. The company has observed that the global growth of mobile technology has provided a new and efficient method of accessing patients, creating an ideal platform for capturing ePRO assessments.
The England-based provider of digital patient engagement and data capture solutions for clinical research and healthcare providers, Exco InTouch has observed that electronic data collection has grown rapidly over the course of the last 10 years and has already emerged as a common asset in clinical research for the completion of Clinical Outcome Assessments (COA), including the outcomes captured directly from patients; patient reported outcomes (PRO).
Explaining about this trend, Tim Davis, CEO and Founder of Exco InTouch, said, "Mobile eCOA has proved to be highly beneficial and versatile for use in clinical trials, significantly improving the efficiency of studies and the quality of patient reported outcomes. It is set for further expansion and growth as the industry escalates the adoption of existing mobile PRO as the standard approach to self-reported clinical data."
Mobile eCOA has brought a plethora of benefits to clinical studies. In addition to supporting diaries and questionnaires, native apps have proven a highly useful resource for facilitating the collection of objective data from medical devices, such as spirometers and glucometers, and wearable technology including activity trackers, alongside patient diaries. Data from these devices, transmitted directly into an app via Bluetooth, enables the collection of physiological data without the need for the patient to complete a site visit or the requirement to transcribe results manually.
The company further indicated that mobile eCOA can also boost patient engagement through the use of a simple, yet familiar interface supported by motivational messages, alerts, reminders and educational materials as appropriate for each study. Additionally, alerts can be raised to sites to highlight missed entries, enabling them to contact patients and discuss any difficulties or misunderstandings before the patient is lost to follow up.