Updated on 4 July 2016
Bring Your Own Device approach in clinical studies, could enable patients to use their own mobile devices to collect patient-reported outcomes data
Singapore: ICON, a global provider of drug development solutions and services to the pharmaceutical, biotechnology and medical device industries, has conducted a research that revealed that many pharmaceutical and clinical research organisations (CROs) support the use of a ‘Bring Your Own Device' (BYOD) approach in clinical studies, enabling patients to use their own mobile devices to collect patient-reported outcomes (PRO) data.
The research highlights how commonly-cited concerns around the use of patients' own devices are not as much of a deterrent to adoption as is often thought. There are two main areas of concern in using a BYOD approach for PRO data collection in clinical studies. The first relates to equivalence and how different device sizes and operating systems might affect the measurement properties of a PRO instrument. The second relates to the technical and practical aspects of using a patient's own device, including data capacity, upgrades to operating systems and a change of device mid-study, which could negatively impact PRO data collection.
ICON's research, completed in association with Medidata and mProve Health, measured attitudes towards these perceived concerns and provides industry with further information to devise future strategies for BYOD adoption. The survey measured attitudes from 79 respondents from biopharma, CROs, ePRO providers, patient advocates and research institutions.
The survey results found that biopharma and CRO professionals appear to be significantly less deterred by challenges of equivalence and the practical and technical challenges associated with BYOD in clinical studies. Survey highlights include:
"As a CRO that is at the forefront of innovating the clinical trial process, we wanted to research industry perceptions towards BYOD, an approach that has the potential to greatly enhance patient engagement and compliance," commented Willie Muehlhausen, vice president eCOA and Head of Innovation, ICON. "We are encouraged by the research findings which show support from biopharma and CROs for the adoption of BYOD models. We will continue to investigate this important area and work with industry partners and regulatory authorities to provide evidence and guidance to make BYOD a fully endorsed approach."