Investigators at the Center for Biomedical Informatics (CBMi) have developed a free software application, or "app," for the iPhone® and iPod touch® that helps care providers and clinical trial researchers record side effects. The app provides quick access to standardized classifications of adverse events in the Common Terminology Criteria for Adverse Events (CTCAE), a 200-page reference book.
Those who download the free app have easy access to lists of possible adverse events patients may encounter. They can tap in a symptom, select the classification and grade of the problem – mild, moderate, or severe — and log the data so it can be shared with other hospitals and physicians whose patients are participating in the same trial. Users can also bookmark adverse events and categories that require most frequent access.
This innovation helps study teams monitor the safety of treatments used in clinical trials, a crucial component of providing the best results for current and future patients. Additionally, caretakers have been using the CTCAE app as an information resource, independent of clinical trials.
"This app is one example of mobile health development, in which we are assisting healthcare staff in accessing the next generation of information technology," says Peter White, PhD, director of CBMi. "Besides the immediate benefits for efficiency, we feel that using this type of technology has significant potential for standardizing care delivery, reducing error, and improving both quality of care and patient safety."Read the full press release.