The core digital measures of sleep are designed to increase the availability of high-quality sleep assessments in a natural environment and improve research to advance overall population health. 

Summary: The Digital Health Measurement Collaborative Community, led by the Digital Medicine Society, has released a core set of digital measures for sleep to enhance sleep research and care in natural environments. Developed by a cross-disciplinary group of experts, these tools aim to standardize sleep assessments in natural environments and lower costs while improving study accuracy. The initiative includes partnerships with several universities and pharmaceutical companies, contributing to a digital library supporting sleep, Alzheimer’s, physical activity, and Parkinson’s research. 

Key Takeaways: 

  • The Digital Health Measurement Collaborative Community has released a set of core digital measures for sleep, designed to standardize and improve the quality of sleep assessments conducted in natural home environments.
  • These new tools were developed by a group of experts from various fields, ensuring their broad applicability in research and care across multiple disease areas, with the goal of improving outcomes and reducing healthcare costs.
  • The project has also contributed new digital measurement products to the Library of Digital Measurement Products, enhancing resources available for research and care in key health areas including sleep, Alzheimer’s disease, physical activity, and Parkinson’s disease.

The Digital Health Measurement Collaborative Community (DATAcc) by the Digital Medicine Society released a core set of digital measures and resources for sleep aimed at increasing the availability of high-quality, standardized, and transparent sleep assessments in a natural environment and improving research and care to advance overall population health

The core digital measures set and resources were developed by a cross-disciplinary group of experts designed to maintain broad applicability across research, care, and multiple disease areas.

“As a community, we have just scratched the surface of sleep measurement’s potential in identifying and treating a wide range of diseases and health conditions. Better sleep means better health, and disrupted sleep can indicate or cause chronic conditions ranging from primary sleep disorders to mental health conditions to Parkinson’s Disease to women’s health to cardiac conditions and more,” reads a release from the Digital Medicine Society 

Measures Aim to Improve Assessment from Labs to Bedrooms

Today, the most common way to measure sleep requires the evaluation of a patient in a sleep lab where the environment and routine are unfamiliar. DATAcc’s new core digital measures aim to allow us to move measurement to the routine and comfort of one’s bedroom, resulting in greater access to measurement, lower costs of studies, and more representative readings due to the natural sleep environment.

“Sleep science is key to unlocking new drugs and therapies across many disease areas and improving lives, but defining digitally derived measures of sleep requires a significant amount of measurement science, as it is a complex and challenging task,” says Digital Medicine Society CEO Jennifer Goldsack in a release. “The core digital measures of sleep and accompanying resources now make it more accessible than ever before to incorporate sleep data into trials and care plans where sleep was previously inaccessible.”

Participating in the development of the Core Measures of Sleep and accompanying resources were project partners Bayer, Boston University, Defense Innovation Unit, Duke University, Eli Lilly & Company, GSK, Jazz Pharmaceuticals, National Sleep Foundation, NextSense, Sage Bionetworks, Sage Therapeutics, Takeda, TC Demiroglu Bilim University, UZ Leuven, and the US Department of Veterans Affairs, along with digital solutions collaborators: Activinsights, Beacon Biosignals, Biostrap, Byteflies, Dreem, Google, Oura Ring, Primasum, Sleep Number, Softmatter, TNO, and VivoSense.

Expanding the Digital Library: New Tools and Resources

In addition to the core measures and over 15 new resources, the project team also added sleep digital measurement products to the Library of Digital Measurement Products. This open-access repository now serves as a one-stop shop for high-quality digital clinical measures, measurement tools, and datasets to use in research and care for four key areas: sleep, Alzheimer’s disease and related dementias, physical activity, and Parkinson’s disease (PD).

“With these resources, the clinical and research communities can use the new, digital generation of low-friction tools to improve our understanding of the relationship between sleep, health, and disease; improve the way we care for people with all manner of sleep disorders; and develop new therapies based on a deeper knowledge of previously unidentifiable connections between sleep and disease areas,” says Goldsack in a release.

Study Highlights Cost Benefits

Additionally, a recent study conducted in partnership with Tufts Center for the Study of Drug Development and leaders from J&J, Roche and Genentech, UCB, Bayer, Takeda, and Mindmed shows evidence of significant cost reductions and financial benefits tied to leveraging digital endpoints in trials. 

The Digital Medicine Society will launch a new project to support innovators across the field to invest in digital endpoints and advance their broad adoption and scale in clinical research. 

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