Amazon Echo to be used in medical device clinical trials

Orbita, a provider of voice-first software for connected home healthcare has joined forces with clinical trial data firm ERT to bring devices and technology like Amazon Echo and Amazon Alexa into use for 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 platform 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 – an important, emerging technology – 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 allows users to 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 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 platform, 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.

By Dave Gray | Med-Tech Innovation

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A growth-driven and strategic executive, Peter Coffaro commands more than 20 years of progressive management success within the medical device industry. As a District Sales Manager for Stryker Orthopaedics, Peter was responsible for managing and directing a regional sales force to achieve sales and profit goals within the Rocky Mountain region. Previously, he was the Director of Sales & Marketing for Amp Orthopedics. In this role, Peter was responsible for planning, developing, and leading all sales and marketing initiatives. Peter is a former orthopedic distributor in the Pacific Northwest. He has also worked with DePuy Orthopaedics as well as Zimmer, and held positions in sales, sales training, and sales management. Peter has an extensive background in organizational development, business development, sales management, negotiating and P&L management. Peter holds a B.S. degree in Biology from Northern Illinois University.

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