September 23, 2016
When Apple announced ResearchKit in March 2015, and unveiled the first five apps to test-drive the company’s new approach to clinical research, the announcement made a big splash. And indeed, in the weeks following, those apps posted incredible recruitment figures: for instance, Parkinson’s emPower study saw 5,500 sign-ups by day two and ended up with more than 18,000 participants.
April 27, 2016
Dana Farber Cancer Institute has partnered with Fitbit to launch a two-year randomized study that will investigate the impact of weight loss on breast cancer recurrence. The study, called the Breast Cancer Weight Loss (BWEL) study, is sponsored by the National Cancer Institute and the Alliance for Clinical Trials in Oncology.
“The increased risk of cancer recurrence linked to excess body weight...
August 26, 2015
The National Cancer Institute (NCI) has awarded Chrono Therapeutics a Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) grant of up to $2.3 million for product development of the digital portion of the company's smoking cessation therapy offering. The new grant will fund Chrono's final clinical trial for its product.
This is the second grant Chrono has received from the NCI. The first, $2.23 million...
November 11, 2014
Seattle-based behavior change company 2Morrow has launched an app, called SmartQuit, that aims to help smokers quit.
2Morrow partnered with the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center to create the app. In October, 2Morrow published a randomized control trial of 196 participants and found that users of SmartQuit were 2.5 to 3 times more likely to quit than those who try to quit on their own. The...
June 11, 2014
Around 11 percent of smokers who participated in a texting-based smoking cessation intervention program were able to abstain from using cigarettes six months after the start of the program, while only 5 percent of smokers in the control group were able to do so, according to a study of 503 people published in the American Journal of Preventive Medicine.
Even though 11 percent were found to be...
April 15, 2013
Cleveland Clinic has built an app to help both physicians and patients find cancer clinical trials. The app, available for free from the iOS AppStore and the Google Play store, allows users to search the Cleveland Clinic's the 130 active clinical trials by disease, phase, hospital location, or doctor. Although the app has been available since the end of January, the Cleveland Clinic has just...
December 5, 2012
Bant: A diabetes management app
The role of evidence in mobile health app development -- and the level of scrutiny such apps should be subjected to -- is still an open question. At the mHealth Summit 2012, a variety of speakers from different sectors of the market offered their opinions on what, exactly, is meant by evidence and on the perennial question of the value of randomized controlled...
September 20, 2012
Leap of Faith Technologies, which offers a smartphone- and tablet-based mobile medication management system, has received a federal grant of more than $1 million to accelerate the commercialization of its technology.
The National Cancer Institute (NCI), one of the National Institutes of Health (NIH), grant, recently awarded the Crystal Lake, Illinois-based company a $1,021,296 grant for its...