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Amazon Echo-based voice assistant will improve how data is captured from trial participants, improve patient engagement and enhance researchers’ ability to secure, view and act on data
May 23, 2017 – Orbita, Inc., a leading provider of voice-first software for connected home healthcare announced today a collaboration with ERT to research innovative new approaches to data procurement and management for pharmaceutical and device customers seeking to streamline clinical trials. The collaboration combines the advanced capabilities of ERT’s EXPERT technology platform for clinical trial data collection, processing, and analysis with Orbita Voice, a first-of-its-kind solution for creating conversational applications using intelligent voice agents such as Amazon Alexa and Google Assistant.
“ERT is continually collaborating with clinical trial sponsors and technology experts to ideate and test the application of innovative technologies in clinical development,” said Andrea Valente, executive vice president and chief development officer at ERT. “We’re excited to work with Orbita on this solution and to give patients the power of voice â an important, emerging technology â to complete surveys, verify completion of care pathway tasks and report health concerns, all of which enables pharmaceutical researchers to move ahead in their clinical development programs quickly, and with confidence.”
Orbita Voice is the first healthcare-centric solution designed to easily create and manage intelligent, conversational skills for voice-powered assistants such as Amazon Echo and Google Home. Clinical trial investigators and coordinators use Orbita Voice’s intuitive tools to create interactive voice surveys and collect voice responses, and use built-in analytics to track user engagement and respond to user input.
Using the combined ERT and Orbita solution, clinical trial study coordinators can create and manage care plans by setting care goals, tasks, and rules over a specified timeline, including completion of daily pain assessment surveys, wellness tasks, or vitals measurements. Patients and family members can review and manage care tasks via voice as well as in mobile phone and web environments.
Nathan Treloar, Orbita president, says “We are thrilled to be working with ERT to bring next-generation technologies to the forefront for clinical trial sponsors and participants. ERT’s leadership in the clinical trials industry and their creativity in blending Orbita Voice with the advanced capabilities of their own EXPERT technology platform make them an ideal partner to deliver transformative solutions to this market.”
According to Harry Wang, senior director of research at Parks Associates, “Voice-based UI innovations have huge implications for the healthcare industry, particularly in areas where patient participation, interaction, and engagement is critical to the market success of digital health solutions and services.” This collaboration between Orbita and ERT is a clear example of voice recognition technology’s potential in healthcare and we expect many more use cases that incorporate voice UI to emerge.”
At the end of 2016, 45% of U.S. smartphone owners reported using a voice-enabled personal assistant through an app or dedicated device and that figure rises to 63% of millennial smartphone owners.
Orbita is an innovator of connected home healthcare solutions that dramatically increase patient engagement, optimize care coordination, improve outcomes, and reduce costs. Healthcare organizations, device manufacturers and service providers use Orbita’s cloud platform and care journey management solutions to create, deploy and manage secure, connected healthcare applications that combine data from wearables and other connected devices into collaborative care experiences. Orbita’s voice-first solutions enable quick, easy development and management of intelligent voice assistants based on Amazon Alexa, Google Assistant and other voice platforms. www.orbitahealth.comAbout ERT
ERT is a global data and technology company that minimizes uncertainty and risk in clinical trials so that our customers can move ahead with confidence. With more than 45 years of clinical and therapeutic experience, ERT balances knowledge of what works with a vision for what’s next, so it can adapt without compromising standards. Powered by the company’s EXPERT technology platform, ERT’s solutions enhance trial oversight, enable site optimization, increase patient engagement, and measure the efficacy of new clinical treatments while ensuring patient safety. Over the past four years, more than half of all FDA drug approvals came from ERT-supported studies. Pharma companies, Biotechs, and CROs have relied on ERT solutions in 9,500+ studies spanning three million patients to date. By identifying trial risks before they become problems, ERT enables customers to bring clinical treatments to patients quickly – and with confidence. www.ert.com