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Patrick Hankey

Patrick Hankey, PhD., VP Business Development at VivoSense, has a doctorate in cell biology from The Queen's University, Belfast. He is a former research scientist at the University of California, San Diego.

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Consumer-Grade Activity Trackers Place in Clinical Research

Posted by Patrick Hankey on September 2, 2021

Wearable sensor devices are an essential element for data collection. As their use is rapidly growing, so is the debate whether consumer or medical-grade wearable sensors are fit for purpose in clinical trials.

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Monitoring the Health of First Responders with Wearable Sensors

Posted by Patrick Hankey on July 12, 2021

Recently I had a Q&A session with Alex (Sandy) MacQuarrie, Ph.D., to gain insight into his work with the Hexoskin™ Smart Garment and how it’s used in his research. Hexoskin™ and Astroskin are garment-based platforms that combine ECG, respiratory, pulse oximetry, temperature, and accelerometry sensors.

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How Digital Data Impacts the Development of New Treatments

Posted by Patrick Hankey on June 24, 2021

Digitally connected devices are transforming the way we treat and manage health conditions. They also introduce and improve participant access, engagement, and outcome measurements in clinical trials. Here’s a look at how digital data is paving the way for advances in treatments and recovery.

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Overcoming the Barriers to Adopting Digital Clinical Measures

Posted by Patrick Hankey on May 27, 2021

Advances in AI, digital technology, and wearable devices have played a vital role in accommodating the social distancing restrictions during the COVID-19 pandemic. Emerging digital clinical measures enable clinicians and researchers to maintain continued support for patients and healthcare systems. However, organizational barriers often slow the advancement of the adoption of digital clinical measures. Here are some ways experts can help you overcome the obstacles.

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How Experts Can Help Your Organization Adopt Digital Biomarkers

Posted by Patrick Hankey on May 20, 2021

As demand for preventive and precision healthcare evolves, the need for a new class of broadly applicable, precise, and accurate biomarkers exists. This approach gives clinicians and researchers the ability to monitor patients in the real world and discover the most effective treatment strategies. Regardless of your stage of adoption, digital biomarker experts can help.

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Understanding Wearable Sensor Types and Wear Location

Posted by Patrick Hankey on April 1, 2021

When deploying wearable sensors in clinical trials, it is essential to understand how these are positioned on the body. The objective is to maximize the quality of the signal while minimizing burden and maintaining patient comfort. Sensor wear position impacts the accuracy and precision of digital clinical outcome measures.

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An Alternative to the 6MWT in Virtual Clinical Trials

Posted by Patrick Hankey on March 12, 2021

Digital innovation in clinical trial research has been accelerated because of the COVID-19 pandemic. Wherever possible, in-clinical assessments are being replaced with measures taken outside the study site. Decentralized trials present a new challenge to accurately capture data in real-world settings, such as the home or workplace. Here we illustrate how an outcome measure from a wearable sensor can be used as an alternative to the 6-Minute Walk Test (6MWT).

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Commonly Used Wearable Sensors in Clinical Trials

Posted by Patrick Hankey on August 4, 2020

Wearable sensors provide sophisticated insights into patients’ real-world behavior and functioning in clinical trials and healthcare settings. Drug development researchers, regulators, payors, and patients want to see meaningful, valid insights enabled by them. In this guide, we break down the following commonly used wearable sensors: including what they do, their benefits, and other important considerations for incorporating them into your clinical trial:

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Getting Started Using Wearable Sensors for Clinical Research

Posted by Patrick Hankey on July 23, 2020

Wearable sensors and digital technology offer great potential in understanding the patient experience in clinical trials. The collection of rich data, captured in real-world settings, provides deep insights into our understanding of medical treatment effects. With so many factors to consider, however, it is no simple task to make this choice. Here are some key considerations for getting started using wearable sensor data collection for clinical research.

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Developing Digital Biomarkers in Clinical Trials and Healthcare Delivery

Posted by Patrick Hankey on May 1, 2017

The practice of medicine and medical research is undergoing a rapid digital revolution transforming healthcare into a science of data analytics. The term Digital Health has entered the lexicon as we increasingly understand and describe medicine in terms of data generated by wearable physiological sensors, genetic sequencing and medical imaging. Rock Health, a venture fund dedicated to the founding and growth of Digital Health companies, recently published a report on the data driven transformation of healthcare, in particular highlighting the urgent need to develop digital biomarkers. Digital biomarkers are the medical signal or signatures contained in the vast data sets generated by the ever increasing use of leading edge medical technologies.

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