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How Researchers are missing opportunities to use digital health in clinical trials

Many research scientists are not keeping up with the latest developments in mobile technology, according to a recent in-depth review of the medical literature. The review found that investigators who design and implement clinical trials have been slow to adopt mobile devices and the Internet–digital tools that have the potential to improve the research process.Traditionally, trial recruitment has relied on newspaper and radio advertisements, follow-up assessments have been conducted through mail and phone calls, and data has been collected using pencil and paper. As Carmen Rosa from the National Institutes of Health and her colleagues explain in the review, there is so much more that can be done if researchers would take advantage of the same digital resources that patients and commercial enterprises have been using for many years.