MeriTalk: NIH Turns to Cloud-Based App to Facilitate Clinical Research

“The National Institutes of Health (NIH) is looking to partner with the private sector to enhance its cloud-based app to monitor physical markers – such as heart rate and heart rate variability – using smartphone technology.”

“In a request for information (RFI), NIH’s National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) said it is looking to develop enhancements to the current mobile application – Track-It Mobile App – that will allow for the acquisition of new forms of patient data to be integrated with current app functions, including a mobile game aiming to measure behavioral response inhibition and patient-rated assessments to measure clinical symptoms. The goal of the app is to help the Neuroscience and Novel Therapeutics Unit (NNT) identify treatment targets and mechanisms to develop brain-based treatments for children with serious psychiatric disorders.”

“The RFI said the proposed enhancements will “ameliorate the shortcomings of prior technologies” and will help researchers generate physiological data with “greater relevance to the types of environmental demands patients encounter both in the clinic and daily life.” The eventual vendor will be tasked with updating the current mobile app to integrate already existing heart-monitoring capabilities…” Read the full article here.

Source: NIH Turns to Cloud-Based App to Facilitate Clinical Research — By Kate Polit, April 30, 2021. MeriTalk.

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