Children’s Hospital Los Angeles (CHLA) just launched an iPhone app to supplement a large sickle cell study that is currently underway. Thomas Coates MD, along with four other co-principal investigators, received a five year $9.5 million award from the National Institute of Health to study the underlying physiology of sickle cell disease and identification of biomarkers that will aid in development of new treatment options.

Industry companies such as Pfizer and Roche are embracing mobile tools to supplement their own clinical studies, and CHLA’s decision to do the same with their study continues to support the use of mobile tools to collect patient data .

The app is called R-Helper, and when sickle cell patient’s are having aura or pain, they can use the R-helper app to collect this data giving specific pain metrics. The researchers have also built in an incentive program to reward participants for utilizing the app.

R-helper sickle cell

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