Virtual Clinical Trials Challenges and Opportunities: Proceedings of a Workshop


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On November 28 and 29, 2018, the Forum on Drug Discovery, Development, and Translation hosted a 2-day workshop that explored the current clinical trials infrastructure and potential opportunities for supporting the practical implementation of virtual clinical trials. Clinical trials are a cornerstone of medical product development and the incorporation of digital health technologies may help address some of the inefficiencies of the current clinical trial enterprise. This Proceedings of a Workshop examines the boundaries of what might be considered a virtual clinical trial; opportunities to expand access for patients; perspectives of using digital health technologies in clinical care, and observational and interventional studies; the impact of using digital health technologies on access and equity to clinical trials; the policy landscape governing clinical trials; and possible opportunities for future action.