HumanFirst and Duke Clinical Research Institute Collaborate to Improve Scientific Rigor in Digital Measurements


SAN FRANCISCO, June 22, 2021 / PRNewswire / – Human first and the Duke Clinical Research Institute (DCRI) today announced the creation of a new Digital Measurements Assessment Center to evaluate sensors and other digital measurements used in clinical research.

HumanFirst, formerly known as Elektra Labs, is a technology company leading the development of digital platforms to assess and enable the deployment of connected technologies in decentralized trials and virtual care. The DCRI, which is part of the duke university School of Medicine, is the world’s largest academic clinical research organization, with a mission to develop, share and implement knowledge that improves global health.

Before the COVID-19 pandemic, digital products were adopted at around 34% CAGR in research studies (Marra et al., 2020), which has accelerated further over the past year and a half. With this crucial shift towards collecting digital measurements using connected sensors, it is critical to assess their accuracy and determine how measurement errors can impact research findings and decision making in health care.

The collaboration will leverage HumanFirst’s Atlas platform and DCRI’s deep expertise in assay design to create and conduct innovative and scientifically rigorous protocols for evaluating sensors and other digital measurements on behalf of sponsor partners. The new Digital Measurements Assessment Center will perform tailored technical and clinical assessments designed to meet the needs of sponsors.

“At HumanFirst, our mission is to provide clinical researchers with the tools to dismantle systemic inequalities in healthcare and make it easier to collect metrics that matter to patients,” said Andrea “Andy” Coravos, CEO of HumanFirst. “The analytical and clinical validation of numerical measurements has been a challenge in the industry for some time. We are honored to be able to rely on the power of DCRI’s digital health and clinical trial expertise behind this assessment process to ensure that more digital metrics are worthy of our trust. “

“With thousands of digital measurements available today, some developers of still highly experimental drugs, drugs, diagnostics and medical devices need the confidence that the sensors used in trials are accurate and fit for purpose.” , said Eric Perakslis, PhD, scientific and digital director of the DCRI. “This is particularly critical in the growing field of direct patient studies. Now, DCRI has a collaborator to help rigorously evaluate these technologies from a scientific and technical perspective to provide personalized analytical and clinical validation of the sensors. “

About HumanFirst
HumanFirst enables safe, efficient and equitable home healthcare operations. Formerly known as Elektra Labs, HumanFirst is at the service of pioneering organizations in decentralized clinical trials and distributed care. 22 of the 25 largest pharmaceutical companies in the world have used the HumanFirst platform to assess and enable the deployment of health technology products since its launch in 2019. HumanFirst is recruiting! For more information, please visit gohumanfirst.com or follow HumanFirst on Twitter, LinkedIn, Way and Facebook.

About the Duke Clinical Research Institute
The DCRI, which is part of the duke university School of Medicine, is the world’s largest academic clinical research organization. Our mission is to develop, share and implement knowledge that improves global health through innovative clinical research. The institute conducts multinational clinical trials, manages the main national patient registries and carries out research on significant results. DCRI is a pioneer in cardiovascular and pediatric clinical research and leads groundbreaking clinical research in many other therapeutic areas, including infectious diseases, neuroscience, respiratory medicine, and nephrology. The DCRI is the coordination center for major clinical research programs, such as the Environmental influences on children’s health (ECHO), the Leadership Group on Antibacterial Resistance (ARLG), the NOTIH Healthcare Systems Research Collaborative, and the Pediatric Trials Network (PTN).

Media contact:
Jamie Gray, [email protected], 310.699.3163
Kaitlin Jansen, [email protected], 704.995.2384

The references:
Marra, C., Chen, JL, Coravos, A. et al. Quantify the use of connected digital products in clinical research. npj Number. Med. 3, 50 (2020). https://doi.org/10.1038/s41746-020-0259-x

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