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Wearables in Clinical Trials: Opportunities and Challenges

Wearables have shown the potential to significantly impact the data available for clinical trials and medical researchers in numerous ways. While the quality and efficacy of these devices can vary, the sensor technologies in these devices have evolved to meet the needs of many clinical research endeavors.


Wearables also enable longitudinal biometric data sets that can provide unique insights into the long-term, real-world impact of pharmacotherapies and treatment protocols. There are also many challenges in using wearables in trials, including access to the raw data from wearables, validation of the data from wearable devices, processing and analysis of massive amounts of wearable data, and data security.


Let’s take-a-look at the state of wearables in clinical trials and medical research, and where there might be future opportunities and challenges that need to be overcome.


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