Boston Children’s Hospital Is Conducting a Hepatitis C Study via Patients’ Phones

Using a new app called C Tracker, the hospital is gathering real-time information about how hepatitis C affects patients.

The hospital is using a free app called C Tracker, which was developed by its own Computational Health Informatics Program (CHIP), to see, in real time, how patients deal with hepatitis C in day-to-day life. Each participant will be asked to record general information—things like medication use, exercise, and diet—and answer specific questions, like how much work he or she has recently missed because of hepatitis C. Then, researchers from the hospital will use that information to try to improve hepatitis C treatment and improve quality of life for those who have the disease.

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