Did you know that of the research proposals submitted to the Duke Health Institutional Review Board (IRB), the number that include mobile apps or digital health devices has rapidly increased? In the past year alone, 476 new studies (19.5%) indicated that they will use a mobile application as part of the research study. In response, the Duke Mobile App Gateway and the Duke Medical Center Library & Archives have teamed up to provide access to digital health devices that can be used in research and pilot projects across Duke.
The Digital Health Device Collection will enable researchers, clinicians, students and consumers to explore the capabilities and features of digital health devices to inform their research project design or purchasing decisions for their own projects. Our devices can be borrowed by researchers across Duke Health and Duke University considering digital health devices for their research or clinical needs to facilitate appropriate device selection (data collection, data format, participant comfort, etc.).
We invite researchers to check out a device, give us your thoughts and experiences, suggest a device for purchase, or donate a recently used device to the collection! Currently the collection includes over 30 devices, such as: activity trackers (FitBit and Apple Watch), smart devices (Echo, Google Home, etc), tablets (iPad, Fire, etc), virtual reality (Oculus Go), and vital metric devices (fertility, blood pressure, eeg, ekg, vision, ascultation, etc).
For more information or to check on device availability, see: Digital Health Device Collection
Note: This project has been funded in whole or in part with Federal funds from the Department of Health and Human Services, National Institutes of Health, National Library of Medicine, under cooperative agreement number UG4LM012340.
Image: Idea by lastspark from the Noun Project