ProofPilot has launched a new set of tools to help researchers rapidly create and manage randomized controlled trials using study templates.
While clinical research organizations have been around for a long time, in digital health we’ve seen rapid growth in companies supporting clinical research particularly around ResearchKit for iOS and soon ResearchStack for Android. A number of companies like LifeMap and Thread Research have become hubs for developing apps and back-end infrastructure for digital health studies, too.
ProofPilot creates technology to design and manage research programs. Since 2013, ProofPilot’s online platform has been used by institutions like the Center for Disease Control (CDC), the University of California, San Francisco School of Medicine, and Georgia State University. Their latest project is a series of easy-to-use study templates designed for researchers who lack the budget of a pharmaceutical company or the infrastructure of a research university. These templates are built off previously conducted randomized, controlled studies where those resources were available to build a data collection from connected health devices, for example. Particularly in digital health, focused studies from a variety of stakeholders could be really helpful in guiding clinicians and patients.
ProofPilot CEO Matthew Amsden told Healthcare IT News, “People want to run studies on digital health devices, fitness regimes, dietary changes, alternative wellness efforts, social service programs … they are frustrated that they can’t point to research studies that prove the efficacy of these tools within the varied communities that make up our society.”
Running a study usually means employing a host of software developers and UX designers, but now with just a few taps on a smartphone, researchers can run robust randomized controlled trials and studies by pulling data from EMRs, health and fitness devices, and previous research. The ten templates offered with the Study Template Feature allow those conducting studies to have their questions tailored to their particular specialty and makes launching to participants simple. It also gives those conducting the study the ability to review results in a timely matter. ProofPiliot’s Community-Based Participatory Research (CBPR) allows targeted groups tailor the templates to make them more relevant.