Currently, there are many claims and promises of how electronic medical records, fitness bands, smartphone apps, telemedicine and many related technologies will become mainstay components of healthcare.
Yet despite this promise, there is a dramatic lack of knowledge of how such innovations are or may be used among the diverse members of our community.
Most importantly, we don’t know when, where, or even whether they may work.
Please consider joining us as a research volunteer in a new landmark project of our center called RITE.
RITE is Research via Internet Technology and Experience.
The RITE project seeks to transform the way we inform clinical research by providing real-world, timely health and related life experience data from thousands of people such as you.
As a participant in RITE, you will provide medical and related information solely over the internet during brief, usually five minutes or less, online surveys delivered to you on your personal computer, tablet or phone.
Unlike typical clinical research, where you travel to a clinic or doctor’s office, you will be informing research directly from your home, on a much more regular, real time basis.
By being a member of the diverse RITE community, whether you are young or old, a person with multiple chronic medical conditions, a person trying to remain healthy, or someone needing to support a loved one who is ill, all of you are needed.
You will all greatly contribute to our understanding of how this rapidly evolving, potentially transformative area of health care is working.
In joining the RITE community, you’ll contribute critical data that will create the first ever long-term picture of key health and well-being in everyday life.
I hope you will agree with me that the time is right to join this effort, and I thank you in advance for your willingness to help.
Please click here to find information and the consent form necessary to officially enroll.
Dr. Jeffrey Kaye is the Director of ORCATECH – the Oregon Center for Aging & Technology, a research center at the Oregon Health and Science University, supported by the National Institute on Aging.