5. DIY patient recruitment

How nice would it be for your study coordinator to sit back and receive contact details from people who want to join your trial?  Well, now there’s a smartphone app designed to do just that.  Peter Elkin, MD, a University at Buffalo researcher, has developed an app that essentially allows patients to self-recruit.  Patients can search for trials near them that cover the disease/indication that interests them and with the press of a button, send their contact information to the appropriate study coordinator.  If this takes off, not only will patients have the option to actively participate and have access to medical innovations, but the lengthy clinical trial recruitment process has the potential to be significantly reduced.