For years, inconsistent patient engagement has been a leading challenge in clinical trials, requiring research coordinators and principal investigators to make a concerted effort to maintain study quality. Fortunately, the advent of Digital Health technologies — such as AI, big data, wearables and sensors — has allowed researchers to compile comprehensive data that can have a significant impact on the way trials are designed, ultimately leading to increased trial efficiency and improved enrolment. Additionally, these technologies have proven effective in enhancing patient management and engagement through home monitoring of chronic conditions after surgery, telemedicine assessment and app-based self-assessment tools. Together, Digital Health technologies can help increase the chances of a trial’s success — if implemented correctly.
Although the benefits of implementing Digital Health technologies into clinical trials are widely acknowledged, the integration of these technologies into trial designs can be burdensome to participating patients. Here, we discuss how adopting a unified patient experience can overcome the various challenges of integrating Digital Health into trials.