PCHAlliance issues call to action for connected medical technologies

The Personal Connected Health Alliance is calling for more research on connected health technologies.

The PCHAlliance reviewed 53 randomized controlled studies and trials on topics related to mobile technologies, remote patient monitoring and web-based counseling for its paper, Personal Connected Health: The State of the Evidence and a Call to Action.

Here are six areas PCHAlliance recommends focusing research and investments in.

1. Increased study size

2. Development and dissemination of consensus-based guidelines for research methodologies

3. Identification of approaches to accelerate research without compromising quality of results

4. Validation of apps and devices in comparative studies

5. Initiation of studies to explore new ways for individuals to take more control of and improve their own health.

6. Development and promotion of a "Research Priority Agenda" for personal connected health

"Personal connected health is growing, but adoption and evidence — a key driver for shaping the field — lag behind. We see many tools showing impressive results, but fail to provide solid evidence via clinical trials, particularly as demonstrated in real-world settings," said Patty Mechael, PhD, executive vice president, PCHAlliance. "To achieve the full potential of personal connected health, we must not only look to innovation, but also to the evidence that demonstrates the impact such tools are having on health outcomes."

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