We Like: MIT-Manus, Health eHeart Study, and Wearable Trackers for Trials 1

Photo from the University of Washington School of Medicine website.

Photo from the University of Washington School of Medicine website.


A robotics researcher at MIT is studying whether a robot, called MIT-Manus, originally designed for physical therapy can also help speed up clinical trials related to stroke-recovery. According to Popular Mechanics, MIT-Manus can “detect whether an experimental drug is working by interacting with stroke patients and logging their movements.” Since the robot was already programmed to collect motion data from the patient’s arm movements, lead researcher Hermano Igo Krebs suspected that scientists could use that information to track patient improvement over time and determine whether experimental stroke drugs were having a tangible effect. Krebs is also considering how MIT-Manus could be brought into clinical trials for other conditions.  [Source: Popular Mechanics]


Health eHeart Study

The University of California, San Francisco has developed an online cardiovascular study that harnesses the power of mobile technology to monitor patients. Patients in the study use their smartphones and send the information to doctors who can analyze the data and provide instant feedback. The study allows participants to submit data via a secure online survey and uses smartphone technology to measure a participant’s heart rate, blood pressure and pulse rate. The information is sent back to researchers, who can make recommendations to the patients. They study’s aim is to help predict and prevent heart disease, the leading cause of death in America among men and women. With this platform, researchers hope to be able to diagnose and treat heart patients more rapidly than is currently done with traditional research, thanks to a much larger patient population. [Source: UCSF.edu]

PRO-Diary tracker by Camntech

Wearable Trackers for Clinical Trials

Camntech, has received FDA clearance for a motion-tracking wristband and a wristworn electronic diary, likely for use in clinical trials. The devices are called the MotionWatch 8 and PRO-Diary. According to the filing, the devices ”are intended for the acquisition and analysis of the physical activity of the body during daily living and sleep.”  The PRO-Diary can be loaded with survey questions that the patient can then answer right on his wrist. The device can also be programmed with alerts that will prompt patients to answer questions at a specific time. The company said the technology has been validated against both paper and Palm Pilot-based surveys and tested favorably. [Source: MobiHealthNews]

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