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The Role of Digital Health Technologies in Drug Development – Webcast

March 24, 2020

The Role of Digital Health Technologies in Drug Development: A Workshop will be webcast on March 24, 2020.

As digital health technologies (e.g. smartphone apps, wearables, and mobile-device-based tools) – hardware and software – become increasingly available to consumers, providers, and researchers, there are new opportunities to address critical barriers or “pain points,” better connect patients and health care providers, and incorporate patient input throughout the drug research and development (R&D) life cycle. However, a lack of clarity when it comes to the evaluation, selection, and implementation of digital health technologies has impeded the practical application of these innovations. Lessons learned from the direct-to-consumer genomics industry, which has been increasingly moving into the clinical health space over the last 10 years, may help inform the integration of digital health technologies into drug R&D.

This workshop will provide a venue to discuss challenges and opportunities in digital health technologies for improving the probability of success in drug development and enabling precision medicine. Workshop participants may consider key components for an evidence-based framework for applying digital health technologies towards drug research and development.

The Forum on Drug Discovery, Development, and Translation and the Roundtable on Genomics and Precision Health will host a public workshop on March 24, 2020 which will feature invited presentations and discussions to:

Discuss challenges/questions that digital health technologies may be uniquely suited to address and opportunities for digital health technologies to enable better patient care and more efficient clinical trials;

Consider strategies for evaluating and selecting digital health technologies that are fit-for-purpose in drug development (e.g. establishing appropriate evidentiary criteria);

Discuss privacy, ethical, and regulatory issues related to the use of digital health technologies;

Examine currently validated and/or FDA-approved drug development applications for digital health technologies;

Consider opportunities to enable the practical application of digital health technologies for improving drug development (e.g. sharing best practices for the validation and use of digital health technologies, harmonizing guidelines across sectors).




National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine
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