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Garmin and ActiGraph collaborate on clinical trial wearables

Steve Rogerson
January 8, 2019

A collaboration will see wearables from Swiss company Garmin and Florida-based ActiGraph‘s CentrePoint data analytics platform used for academic research, clinical trials and remote patient monitoring.
ActiGraph specialises in medical-grade activity and sleep monitoring products for the scientific community. It provides wearable accelerometry monitors and a robust software technology platform that together form data monitoring, analysis and management. The monitors are said to be the most widely used and extensively validated devices of their kind, with clients at more than 1500 pharmaceutical, academic and scientific institutions in over 85 countries.
“Garmin Health is excited to work with a globally recognised company like ActiGraph that shares an engineering commitment to pioneer high-quality solutions that can be trusted by the scientific community and pharmaceutical market,” said Travis Johnson, Garmin Health global product lead. “Combining the sensor data from Garmin wearables with the data capture and analytical expertise of the ActiGraph platform creates a powerful solution for many different patient monitoring applications.”
The future of wearables as important health and medical tools is rapidly evolving. Garmin says it is committed to the development of wearables that can lead to the detection of serious health conditions, and they also play an important role in the development of both traditional and digital therapeutics. Collaborating with ActiGraph for researchers should accelerate these developments and ultimately improve health outcomes and everyday life for many people.
“ActiGraph is excited to work with an innovative company like Garmin,” said Jeremy Wyatt, ActiGraph chief technology officer. “Garmin wearables produce high-resolution, accurate data streams that are ideal for scientific analysis and can provide additional, novel endpoints to the ActiGraph software platform. What’s more, the long battery life and ergonomic design of Garmin’s wearables means study participants can comfortably wear the devices for extended periods, leading to improved programme adherence and study results.”
The expanding Garmin fitness segment develops technologies to enhance and promote healthy and active lifestyles. Garmin Health provides enterprise products that leverage Garmin wearables and the sensor data they produce for applications in the corporate wellness, population health and patient monitoring markets.
ActiGraph’s wearable actigraphy monitors and analytics platform have been used to quantify human movement in academic and population health research for nearly two decades. In recent years, the company’s monitoring products have been adopted by biopharma and life sciences organisations seeking to capture real-world objective outcomes related to physical activity, mobility and sleep behaviour for patients enrolled in clinical trials.