Group unites industry leaders to streamline digital clinical solutions

By Jenni Spinner

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The Digital Health Measurement Collaborative Community is bringing together stakeholders to improve approaches and technologies in research and healthcare.

Decentralized trial solutions provider HumanFirst is joining a field of notable life-sciences organizations and agencies to form the Digital Health Measurement Collaborative Community (DATAcc). The group reportedly will work toward the development of best industry practices and streamlining approaches to measure health via various digital technologies.

DATAcc members include leaders from across government, nonprofit and private sections, such as healthcare systems, medtech companies, patient advocates, policy organizations, and more. The goal of the collaboration is to tap into interdisciplinary expertise, data, and use cases to address complex medical device challenges.

The stated mission of the group is to promote digital health measurement as a way to drive improvements in health outcomes, economics, and equity. Activities reportedly will be action-oriented, including development of best practices, models, and frameworks to conducting of pilots.

Andy Coravos, CEO of HumanFirst, said the evolution of remote technologies used in decentralized trials has led to a number of challenges the industry must address.

As technologies enable a greater shift to the home, clinical trials and care systems are adopting more digital measures; at HumanFirst, we've been tackling open questions around validation, usability, security, and data rights​,” Coravos said. “Adopting digital tools successfully will require a collaborative approach to addressing these questions across tech companies, pharma, providers, and regulators—DATAcc community is the first of its kind initiative to convene such a group​."

Active DATAcc membership includes representatives from the following:

  • ActiGraph
  • Advanced Medical Technology Association (AdvaMed)
  • Aetion
  • AliveCor
  • American Telemedicine Association
  • Becton, Dickinson, and Company (BD)
  • Connected Health Initiative
  • Consumer Technology Association
  • Duke University, Big Ideas Lab
  • eHealth Initiative
  • Evidation Health
  • FDA, Center for Devices and Radiological Health (CDRH)
  • HHS, Health Sector Cybersecurity Coordination Center (HC3)
  • HumanFirst (fka Elektra Labs)
  • Institute for eHealth Equity
  • Johns Hopkins Medicine, Armstrong Institute for Patient Safety and Quality
  • MindMed
  • National Patient Advocate Foundation
  • Open mHealth
  • Pfizer
  • Philips
  • Savvy Cooperative
  • Teladoc Health
  • UC San Diego, ReCODE Health
  • University of Louisville, Office of Research and Innovation
  • University of Rochester Medical Center, Center for Health + Technology
  • Xealth

The collaborative community reportedly plans to explore six key areas:

  • Data governance
  • Data rights
  • Digital inclusion
  • Reimbursement
  • Commercial models
  • Standardization of elements of digital sensing products and the data they produce.

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