Leveraging Wearable Technology for Disruptive Innovations at DPharm 2017

Wearables continued to garner interest at the two day Disruptive Innovations Conference which concluded in Boston earlier this month. However, this time the focus of discussion about wearables were not limited to wearable use as a possibility but sponsors demonstrated successful use of wearables and proof of concepts. Many new vendors brought in gadgets that were technologically advanced than just Fitbit tracking user steps.


Here is a quick look at some of the interesting disruptions that leveraged wearable technology:

Pfizer exhibited and shared their learnings from their Blue Sky project in Parkinson’s Disease using wearables and sensors to more accurately, and continuously, monitor disease state, rather than the traditional episodic monitoring during a patient’s doctor visit. Pfizer hopes to use these technologies to speed clinical trials, and therefore speed access to new therapies in the marketplace.


Philips, a trusted name in healthcare technology, was on hand to open the discussion of bringing their longstanding healthcare wearable technologies into clinical trials. While their products have been used in healthcare for years, they believe that they are now ready to use those technologies to answer clinical research questions.


Hexoskin brought in their body metric monitoring clothing. Their technology is currently being used by athletes to prepare for competition and first responders to monitor stress for preventive health. Tracking heart rate, breathing and sleep, Hexoskin sees a natural progression to the use of its products in clinical trials and has already participated in several cardiac studies.

Mobile applications and sensor technology is playing a growing role in clinical research as adoption of novel methods increases. There is  an increase in trials that combine both wearable sensors and mobile applications as complementary tools, taking advantage of the benefits each provides. TrialX demonstrated their DIY app making platform – Appbakery,  with a headstand by the CEO while a member of the audience used the platform to make an app all with wearables and surveys. This platform allowed use of  GetHealth api to easily pull in data from wearables used in the study.

The health and wellness industry is seeing rapid proliferation in the number and diversity of wearables and sensors to provide personal wellness applications. Disruptive Innovations once again brought together Innovation Teams and Market Disruptors to listen, learn and share how they are looking to leap forward in clinical trials.