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Novartis launches smartphone-driven multiple sclerosis study in US

23rd August 2017

Novartis has announced the launch of a mobile research study for people with multiple sclerosis that will collect data using smartphones.

The US-based elevateMS study was developed in partnership with Sage Bionetworks and is designed to collect sensor-based data from physical tasks and symptoms, without the need for regular clinical visits.

An accompanying app built using the Apple ResearchKit platform allows study participants to contribute to research from home or on the go, while also enabling researchers to collect data in the participant's everyday environment.

It compiles responses to questionnaires, passive and active sensor-based movement data, and the results of functional performance tasks, allowing participants to view how their data changes over time and offering an insight into the reality of living with the disease.

Dr Stanley Cohan, medical director at the Providence Multiple Sclerosis Center in Portland, said: "With the elevateMS app, study participants can frequently document their symptoms in a personal health story. In turn, this data may provide researchers with new ways to look at disease progression and treatment effectiveness."

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