Remote patient monitoring is on the rise as more researchers and technicians, and the clinicians that rely upon them, adopt new technologies that improve the quality of patient care. Remote monitoring of patients encompasses a broad range of approaches, from the use of mobile devices to monitor heart rate and exercise levels to remote blood collection using microsampling.
Lean, low-resource field work poses unique challenges to those involved, whether in research or diagnosis. Mitra® microsampling technology has the potential to meet and overcome some of these challenges.
Recently, Volumetric Absorptive Microsampling (VAMS™) technology helped a group of organ transplant patients summit Mt. Kilimanjaro. Now students and scientists from the biomedical engineering program at Duke University have found another transformative new use case: testing children in Liberia for biomarkers associated with malnutrition.
Participating in a clinical trial is not as simple as taking pills. The medication may come as a self-administered injection or an IV infusion. Blood work and imaging can be needed on a regular basis. Transportation must be arranged. Appointments with physicians and other medical professionals will be necessary, resulting in more transportation. Side effects of medications can cause lost time at work. Family and job responsibilities may interfere with patient participation.
Topics: Clinical Trials
Pharmacokinetic (PK) studies investigate the absorption and movement of drugs within the body. Since children absorb and process drugs differently than adults do, PK studies have to be done on children to determine safe and effective doses.
The Future of Animal Blood Sampling
Volumetric Absorptive Microsampling (VAMS™) technology brings new convenience and accuracy to specimen collection from livestock and companion animals. When implementing a microsampling workflow, vet diagnostic organizations can embrace a simple, accurate, quantitative method, while improving the sampling experience for both animals and humans.
Topics: Vet Diagnostics
In days gone by, the doctor was considered a deity of sorts. Nurses and technicians stood at attention when this Olympian individual walked into a room. Most patients understood that they would be wise to follow the doctor's orders with precision and without question. That was doctor-centered medicine.