How Has The Rapid Growth Of Low-Cost Wearable Health Monitors, Such As Those Worn On The Wrist Or Clothing, Changed Data Collection In Clinical Trials

Sarah Fowler-Dixon

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Activity monitors, smart watches, patches are just some examples of wearable monitors. Health care is full of them, sleep monitors, EKGs, radiation exposure devices, and respirator devices to name a few. With more and more of these devices becoming common place, it’s inevitable that researchers will want to mine this data. Collection and use of some of this data is already occurring as research participants are given the devices to wear and data collection goes into a research record. But, with the commonplace use of these devices for recreational purposes, it’s safe to assume that a researcher at some point will ask to access and use data that was not originally generated for research purposes.


Course Objective

As this is an evolving area of research, many questions need to be addressed. Questions such as: What do the regulations have to say about these uses? Are there ethics that come into play? Are there privacy concerns and can the manufactures of these devices just share and use information for research purposes? Does this constitute big data and if so, are there implications? Attendance at this webinar will begin to provide answers and guidance for those wishing to pursue this venue of data collection.


Course Outline

  • Types of devices being used and what is being collected
  • Federal regulations that come into play when wishing to access data
  • Privacy laws protecting data and data sharing
  • Examples of research done using this type of data
  • Technology considerations when collecting and sharing electronically captured data
  • Possible implications for data collections should the regulations change


Target Audience

This webinar will provide valuable assistance to all personnel in:

  • Human Subjects Research
  • Data management
  • Healthcare interested in exploring the field of Clinical Research
  • Clinical Research Coordinators 
  • Principal Investigators/Physicians
  • Administration in charge of Clinical Research
  • Regulatory Compliance 

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Speaker: Sarah Fowler-Dixon, Clinical Research

Sarah Fowler-Dixon, PhD, CIP is Education Specialist and instructor with Washington University School of Medicine. She has developed a comprehensive education program for human subject research which has served as a model for other institutions. She crafted budgets, policies, procedures, reporting, and training for the new program. She has initiated the planning, development, authorship and implementation of many human subjects’ research policies, practices, guidelines, and submission and reviewer forms often working with state and federal authorities. She has provided consultation regarding ethical, federal, state, and institutional requirements for faculty and staff both in the design and execution of their projects and teaches research ethics and regulatory affairs and the fundamentals of research management to graduate and undergraduate students. More recently, she led a task force in the development of the Community Engaged Research Program at Washington University. Dr. Fowler-Dixon has simultaneously served as an Independent Consultant, providing expertise and creating supplemental educational materials, including a copyrighted workbook. Prior to joining Washington University, Dr. Fowler-Dixon was the Educational Development and Learning Specialist for Saint Louis University serving on various committees to improve research, procedures, community outreach, and retention.


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