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Building Better Apps for Better Care

The Brigham Innovation Hub connects the hospital community to the right resources to implement digital health projects that could benefit patients.

“Our job is to connect the BWH community to the right resources to implement digital health projects, whether building their own apps or working with a startup to create one,” says Josie Elias, MBA, MPH, iHub’s program manager for digital health innovation.

Brigham Mobile Research Platform Offers Tools for the Digital Age

“As iHub was working with clinicians and the research community, we started to hear requests from folks saying they wanted to use a mobile app to do some research with their patients,” said Josie Elias, program manager, Digital Health Innovation at iHub. “They wanted a platform that would give them both security and flexibility. We wanted to help them innovate. Together, we created a platform that would offer them the basic tools and standard functions needed to create and launch an app tailored to their study’s needs.”

The Research Tool of the New Digital Age

When it comes to conducting population-based research studies there are many limitations when doing research in the hospital or lab setting. It is almost impossible to get accurate and real-time data. For example, many studies rely upon people recalling what they did, what they ate, and how they felt weeks before their face to face appointment. You can get tacos in 15 minutes using your phone. But if your endocrinologist asked you what you ate for dinner two weeks ago, would you be able to tell him? Using a phone as a data collection tool can give the patient the ability to update their symptoms, and activities in real time in a way that they are already familiar with.  

The Brigham Mobile Research Platform, supported by the Brigham Digital Innovation Hub, is a suite of tools that speed the process to initiate new research app-based protocols, recruit and retain participants, and simplify data collection, analytics and research operations.