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Empowering clinical research in a decentralized world

The COVID-19 pandemic has been a catalyst for the implementation of decentralized clinical trials (DCTs) enabled by digital health technologies (DHTs) in the field while curtailing in-person interactions and putting significant demands on health care resources. DHTs offer improvements in real-time data acquisition remotely while maintaining privacy and security. Here, we describe the implications of technologies, including edge computing, zero-trust environments, and federated computing in DCTs enabled by DHTs. Taken together, these technologies—in the setting of policy and regulation that enable their use while protecting the users—extend the scope and accelerate the pace of clinical research.

Empowering clinical research in a decentralized world | npj Digital Medicine (

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