Cloud-based vendor Medidata and digital health vendor Validic have joined forces to leverage patient-generated data from mobile health devices and apps to support clinical research.

Data derived from the more than 175 mHealth devices and apps in the Validic digital health platform—including Fitbit, Garmin, Jawbone, and Withings—can now be integrated into Medidata’s Clinical Cloud that gathers patient data from these mHealth tools and integrates it with other study data, including lab information, clinician-entered vital signs and adverse events.

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The Medidata-Validic collaboration “significantly increases the breadth of mHealth tools that can be used to support clinical research, giving trial sponsors greater flexibility to select sensors, wearables and apps based on specific study endpoints and patient needs,” states the announcement.

By equipping patients with sensors, wearables and apps in clinical trials, the vendors say researchers will gain insights more quickly while enabling new study endpoints that will reveal digital biomarkers, providing a better understanding of patient outcomes and disease progression. In addition, they say patients will have improved experiences in clinical trials given the reduction in required site-administered procedures and site visits.

Earlier this year, Validic announced a deal with Cerner in which patients whose physicians use Cerner’s electronic health records system would be able to load clinical, fitness, wellness, and nutritional data into their personal health portal.

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