By Rauha Tulkki-Wilke, Director Product Management, CRF Health
"Computers and the Internet are as much an integral part of our lives as coffee makers. We would not want to live without them." This is a comment that I heard recently when interviewing elderly cancer patients.
A surprising comment? Not really. Statistics show that most people in Europe, US, and many countries in Asia Pacific are mobile phone owners and Internet users. Those of you who are interested in numbers, check out the links for more information.
Another interesting patient encounter occurred while sitting next to an elderly patient who needed to have a personal assistant help in completing a traditional paper questionnaire but could easily use an electronic diary without support to report his outcomes himself. This made me think of all the times I've had to answer the most often asked question about ePRO: "You don't seriously think elderly patients can use an eDiary?"