5 Apps That Are Changing Clinical Trials

Each of these mobile applications brings the convenience of health services directly to patients through their mobile devices. Although not all have been released, these apps have the potential to advance patient safety and health awareness.

11231043_1601674206764201_6395680815291794196_oMood Mission | moodmissionapp.com

A new app in development, Mood Mission was created to help users learn how to cope and manage their mental health. The app is based on cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) and psychoeducation, and unlike any other apps currently available, it’s experimentally validated through randomized, controlled trials to test its effectiveness. A user reports their mental health symptoms to the app, and the app recommends 5 coping strategy “missions”. Then, the user chooses one of these mission games, and is rewarded with points, badges, and other achievement acknowledgements. To correspond with CBT, users will report their mental and emotional state after completing missions.

VitalSnap | validic.com/vitalsnap1005777_337465736385859_54596_n

It’s like SnapChat, but instead of sending selfies to your health care provider, you’re sending photos of  medical device readings! This new app, in development by Validic, stores and organizes a patient’s personal health device information just by taking a picture. After taking a measurement, the patient will snap a photo of their personal medical device screen, and VitalSnap recognizes the device and information, then digitizes it. Instantly, the app stores the information and shares it immediately with the patient’s medical care provider.


Airstrip | www.airstrip.com

Released last year, Airstrip allows patients and doctors to stay up-to-date with each other’s statuses in real-time. Information taken from the patient’s Apple Watch®, such as heart rate, blood pressure, pill schedule, etc., can be delivered immediately to the patient’s health care team, allowing doctors to have constant and continuous monitoring abilities of patients healthcare data.  The app complies with the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA), a federal law that strictly protects a patient’s private health information.

Medtronic/ IBM Watson | medtronic.com12141754_1238603372831771_2811545933462943394_n
“In the Medtronic app being developed, we plan to have Watson synthesize information from Medtronic insulin pumps and continuous glucose monitoring devices—detailed information like the rate of insulin delivered, the constantly fluctuating glucose level and carbohydrate intake information,’says Pamela Reese, a spokesperson for Medtronic. “The app may also integrate information sources like wearable activity trackers, digital scales, geo-location data, calendar details and even the weather, to develop more valuable and personalized insights.”

The app was unveiled earlier this year at the Computer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas.


PulsePoint Respond | pulsepoint.org/pulsepoint-respond

Released in July 2015, PulsePoint Respond alerts everyday citizens to provide life-saving assistance to victims of Sudden Cardiac Arrest. The app allows users to send out cardiac arrest emergency alerts through the app to dispatch any CPR-trained citizens to the area of the emergency.



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