Must-have apps for use in your next clinical trial

Clinical trials involve a variety of challenges. Patients are difficult to recruit and they often drop out, and of course there is a laundry list of regulatory concerns that must be managed throughout the entire process. That's the bad news. 

The good news is that improvements in mobile health (mHealth) technology, including mobile phones, patient-monitoring devices, tablets, smart phone apps and other wireless devices are being developed to combat these difficulties.

Some of the greatest advancements and improvements are coming from phone apps, which are solving many of the challenges faced in clinical trials one download at a time. If you're running a clinical trial, here are a few apps that could support your efforts. 

  • Cancer Trials. This app can help with your recruitment by bringing would-be patients to you. Patients can use the app to locate cancer clinical trails within a 150-mile radius, and they can also search for trials using keywords to find the trial that most fits their needs. 
  • Clinical Trial Seek. Another search app, Clinical Trial Seek, lets patients search for trials in their area while allowing researchers to advertise their trials by installing essential keywords to find the patients they need. 
  • Patient Cloud. Similar to cloud technology used in other industries, Patient Cloud can increase the speed of a clinical trial by collecting information directly from patients in a controlled setting or even in the field. This streamlined information can then be used to find more efficient ways to treat the conditions at the root of the trial. 
  • Clinical Trials Mobile. Another strong search app for patients, this option allows them to search the National Library of Medicine database, based on keywords, to find the clinical trial that meets their needs. 
  • Clinical Trials Aide. This handy app can reduce the withdrawal rate in your clinical trials by making the entire process easier for your patients. With the Clinical Trials Aide app, patients can easily follow trial information and manage the trial's related activities. 
  • Kidney Cancer Clinical Trials. A must-use app for any researchers conducting a kidney cancer clinical trial. This app functions as a complete information source on the disease, allowing people to search for trials in their area, learn more about the disease itself and discover what researchers are doing to combat kidney cancer. 
  • The Clinical Trials Handbook. On the surface, this is another search app that helps patients find clinical trials in their area. But the Clinical Trials Handbook goes deeper than that. Patients can use the app to interact with the study, gain access to information and even set appointments. On the researcher's side, the app can also be packed with helpful tools to support patient engagement, such as charts, news and videos.
  • Date Calculator for Clinical Trials. Prevent another date from being missed during your clinical trial with this handy app. The Date Calculator for Clinical Trials app can be used to easily schedule specific dates for phases or cycles. Just press go and the date calculator will get to work. And if you need to make a change for any reason, it's easy to jump into the app and adjust those dates as needed.

The list above represents some of the most popular apps available for use in clinical trials. As the technology continues to develop, however, you can expect new apps to appear. And that's a good thing, because if you're facing a challenge with your clinical trial, chances are good an app can help.

BlogLindsey Kuhl