NEW YORK – Researchers at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai have successfully conducted a study of asthma patients using the Apple ResearchKit framework and its Asthma Health app.
The results of the study showed that a smartphone-only approach was successful for large-scale participant enrollment across the country, secure bi-directional data exchange between study investigators and app users, and the collection of other information such as geolocation, air quality and device data, said Eric Schadt Ph.D., senior author of a paper about the study published recently in Nature Biotechnology.
“The Asthma Mobile Health study represents the coming together of academia and industry to benefit from the ubiquity of smartphones and harness the power of citizen-science to modernize the clinical research process,” said Eric Schadt, Ph.D., senior author of a paper about the study published recently in Nature Biotechnology, in a statement.
Launched in March 2015, the Asthma Mobile Health study included regular surveys to understand how asthma patients were affected by and treating their condition over time. Nearly 50,000 iPhone users downloaded the app in the first six months of the study.
More than 7,500 patients enrolled in the study, and 85% of them completed at least one survey. A core group of 2,317 users filled out multiple surveys during the course of the study.
“Our study demonstrates the power of mobile health tools to scale and accelerate clinical research so that we can derive the evidence needed to inform clinical practice and improve patient care,” said Dr. Yvonne Chan, Ph.D., director of digital health and personalized medicine at the Icahn Institute for Genomics and Multiscale Biology at Mount Sinai and principal investigator for the study, in a statement.