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New iPhone app, 'MedWatcher,' to support real-time drug safety surveillance
Date:9/14/2010

gies and data sources to monitor drug safety."

"Our hope is that through the release of MedWatcher, we will prompt increased participation in surveillance, empowering people to participate in the public health process but also potentially allowing us to crowdsource problem drugs which will lead to better understandings of side effects of medicines, and possibly even bring about earlier detection and prevention," said Freifeld.

Two unique, highly-structured, user-friendly forms were created to support the reporting function of the app and are geared toward clinicians and patients respectively. Reports of serious adverse events are reviewed by members of the Children's Computational Epidemiology Group and then submitted to the FDA and displayed in the app. Recognizing that the data contained in the app will come from official and unofficial sources, users are encouraged to interpret the data appropriately.

"Traditionally, reporting adverse events has been a cumbersome and lengthy process - for clinicians who have had to interrupt their workflow to submit information, and for patients who are unsure of the process," said Dasgupta. "In making this an easy-to-use mobile app, we aim to lower that barrier and reach people where they live and work, ultimately improving the performance of drug safety surveillance and enhancing our signal detection capabilities."

MedWatcher builds on the surveillance technology efforts of the HealthMap team at Children's, which last year released "Outbreaks Near Me," an application for the iPhone and Android phone which tracks, maps, and encourages reporting of incidents of infectious disease.


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Contact: Keri Stedman
keri.stedman@childrens.harvard.edu
617-919-3114
Children's Hospital Boston
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