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Security Approaches in Using Tablet Computers for Primary Data Collection in Clinical Research

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Adam Wilcox ,

Columbia University
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Kathleen Gallagher,

Columbia University
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Suzanne Bakken

Columbia University
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Abstract

Next-generation tablets (iPads and Android tablets) may potentially improve the collection and management of clinical research data. The widespread adoption of tablets, coupled with decreased software and hardware costs, has led to increased consideration of tablets for primary research data collection. When using tablets for the Washington Heights/Inwood Infrastructure for Comparative Effectiveness Research (WICER) project, we found that the devices give rise to inherent security issues associated with the potential use of cloud-based data storage approaches. This paper identifies and describes major security considerations for primary data collection with tablets; proposes a set of architectural strategies for implementing data collection forms with tablet computers; and discusses the security, cost, and workflow of each strategy. The paper briefly reviews the strategies with respect to their implementation for three primary data collection activities for the WICER project.
How to Cite: Wilcox A, Gallagher K, Bakken S. Security Approaches in Using Tablet Computers for Primary Data Collection in Clinical Research. eGEMs (Generating Evidence & Methods to improve patient outcomes). 2013;1(1):7. DOI: http://doi.org/10.5334/2327-9214.1008
Published on 13 Feb 2013.
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