Evidation Health and the Shepherd Center recently announced a collaboration that will examine how mobile and digital technology affects people living with neurological diseases and injury.

The Shepherd Center is an Atlanta-based non-profit hospital that treats those patients with neurologic diseases. Evidation Health was started as a joint venture between Stanford and GE to fill the need for evidence-based medicine in digital health.

Their first step is to “quantify the lived experience of people with multiple sclerosis and related conditions.” Together they will also appraise technology that could improve results. The initial purpose of the partnership is to help quantify the reality of people with multiple sclerosis and related conditions, while also assessing appropriate technology interventions that could increase outcomes. The collaboration will hopefully give a precise understanding of how patients with MS experience their day-to-day life.

With more people looking to medical apps for health solutions this kind of data is critical.

In a press release, Deborah Kilpatrick, Ph.D., CEO of Evidation Health stated:

“Real life patient data is redefining health outcomes and underlying digital biomarkers that are providing a more complete picture of the neurological patient experience … Our partnership with Shepherd Center is driven by our joint objective to help optimize patient care in the digital era of medicine.”

With Evidation’s Real Life Study Solution, health care companies can evaluate their product’s impact via automating online opt-ins and consent, collecting data, and linking behavioral metrics with medical research to contextualize data to help with the impact of such technology.