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Patient-run clinical studies are just around the corner


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A new smartphone-powered clinical study service looks like it has the potential to upend the clinical trial world by democratizing the ability to create and administer trials. Think of it as a clinical-study-in-an-app service that holds the hand of the researcher and helps them create a study that will work on the platform.

This is ProofPilot’s second release of the tool as the first one didn’t provide enough support and made the developers feel like “we were a consulting firm that masqueraded as a tech firm.” The benefit of the tool is described as:

“The researcher wins because they don’t have to fund the study, the participant wins because they’re discovering new products and services and they’re still being rewarded for engaging in a research study, and the brand wins because they are essentially providing an advertisement the participant actually works for, so the uptake is really high,” Amsden said. “It’s a form of advertising without appearing to be advertising. It’s a really great experience, and it makes us really happy because we’re able to do research studies when the researcher doesn’t have any money at all, which is not all that uncommon.”

There are many individuals and groups who could benefit from this self-funded clinical trial system, the most likely being the same folks who are hacking their own health devices.

It’s unlikely the FDA would immediately accept a clinical trial from an upstart service like ProofPilot, but it’s not out of the question that they would accept it as adjunct evidence such as patient preferences etc. This automated system definitely warrants a closer look.

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