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How can emerging technologies help patients in the clinical trials process?
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73 months ago

At GSK, we are always searching for ways to support and improve the clinical trials process for patients, volunteers, hospitals, research institutions, and ourselves. Clinical studies are often necessarily complex in order to understand all of the benefits and risks about a new medicine. This complexity can be the number of visits to hospitals, the number of questionnaires that need to be completed, the number of assessments completed at each hospital visit or the times and frequency at which the medication should be taken. Factors like patient dropout and inaccurate reporting and data collection can sometimes make it difficult for patients and their healthcare professionals to adhere to the protocol that sets out the way that the study should be conducted. This is compounded non-patient-friendly clinical trials reducing patient recruitment rates.

We want your help identifying new technologies and methodologies that can help patients and their healthcare professionals adhere to the clinical trial process. This may be to complete all the tasks required of them or to ensure that they take the medication. It will also be helpful to consider the barriers that impact adherence when patients and healthcare professionals participate in a clinical trial.


Tell us how we can use new and emerging technologies to help patients and their doctors to follow the clinical trials process, with a focus on improving patient medication adherence and protocol adherence from healthcare providers. Specifically, provide detailed answers to the following questions:

  1. What new technology or methodology would you use to help patients to follow the clinical trials process (completing questionnaires, attending hospital visits, taking their medication)? Tell us how this tool or method has been used elsewhere, and how it would impact clinical trials.
  2. What member of the clinical trials process would your proposed technology benefit most: patients, hospitals and research institutions, or GSK? How would it impact them?
  3. What problem associated with clinical trial complexity would your proposed idea solve, and how?

NOTE: This challenge is not about simple medication reminder apps. We want other innovative methods to support patients taking their medication and completing study activities.

    Submissions will be graded on the following criteria:
  • Meets Deliverables
  • Creativity
  • Clarity
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