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technologies allow patients to participate in trials from virtually
anywhere in the world. This breakthrough not only
broadens the reach of clinical trials but also enhances accessibility,
easing recruitment challenges and improving
trial efficiency.
n Empowering Participant Engagement
Once an unreliable communication method with inconsistent
coverage, web meetings have evolved into a seamless and
reliable solution in recent years. With this advancement, people
can connect and collaborate effortlessly regardless of geographical
boundaries - a natural progression from traditional
communication methods like e-mail, phone calls, and texts. In
the era of personal devices, medical sensors are becoming
more mainstream as well.
The advancement of edge computing technology in wearable
devices improves the overall user experience and patient
engagement in clinical trials. For instance, Vivalink's wearable
sensors integrate seamlessly with edge computing devices such
as a tablet, providing intuitive user interfaces and ensuring a
user-friendly experience for patients.
By leveraging personalized notifications and insights, wearable
technology empowers patients to actively participate
throughout the trial. Enhanced patient engagement contributes
not only to a more satisfying experience for participants,
but also generates valuable data for researchers and clinicians.
n Accelerating Medical Advancements
For clinical trials, edge computing offers scalability and flexibility.
By incorporating edge computing capabilities into wearable
device architecture, researchers can easily adapt to different
study designs and protocols. Researchers can also customize
the technology to meet specific trial requirements, thus supporting
a wide range of research objectives and accommodating
evolving needs.
In the past, certain study protocols required patients to be
physically present at research sites. However, with the advancement
of edge computing, these protocols can now be executed
remotely.
The advancement of edge computing technology in wearable
devices has revolutionized clinical research, resulting in
improved data reliability, reduced cloud costs, enhanced patient
engagement, and increased accessibility. By harnessing
local data processing, enhancing connectivity, and enabling
remote monitoring, edge computing has transformed the landscape
of clinical research.
As the technology continues to evolve and gain broader
adoption, we can anticipate a surge in innovation across industries,
particularly in healthcare. Edge computing's impact on
cost optimization, data quality, and patient-centricity positions
it as a pivotal technology driving efficiency and enabling impactful
clinical trials. With researchers and clinicians increasingly
embracing this technology, edge computing holds the
potential to accelerate medical advances and significantly improve
patient outcomes.
This article was written by By Jiang Li, CEO of Vivalink,
Campbell, CA. Li has more than two decades of experience
across multiple disciplines, including global healthcare IT,
medical device, cloud software, and sensor and IoT industries.
For more information, visit www.vivalink.com.
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