Support for Life in A Day Application from National Cancer Institute

MEI has created the Life In A Day (LiaD) application in collaboration with the Division of Cancer Control and Population Sciences at the US National Cancer Institute. LiaD allows researchers to capture how people allocate their time across a customizable set of activities.  LiaD is integrated tightly with the PiLR Health cloud system that provides sophisticated content creation and participant management facilities. Activity sets for LiaD  can be loaded easily into PiLR Health by importing a file which supports existing activity collections such as the Compendium of Physical Health or occupation-specific sets. Researchers may also define and refine their own sets of activities.

LiaD is a mobile app for Android and iOS that allows participants to select one or more activities from the set selected by a researcher. Follow-up assessments are triggered when each activity is completed. A daily journal lets participants review and edit activities to ensure the record is complete.

Data collected by LiaD are uploaded in real time to the PiLR Health study management platform. PiLR also is the tool where researchers upload activity collections and hosts the content creation tools where custom assessments/surveys are created. PiLR Health further provides the research team a robust set of tools to monitor compliance, and view and processing data.

LiaD is available for demo in the Android and Apple stores for no charge. PiLR Health is available to research teams through an SaaS license.

New Release Highlights

MEI Research announces the August 2016 update of our PiLR Health cloud platform and PiLR EMA mobile application.

  • Participants can now connect to a study by scanning a QR code in the PiLR EMA mobile application, eliminating the need to send login credentials. All participants have to do is install PiLR EMA and select “…QR code” on the login page. Participants still are identified uniquely, but the identity and security credentials are assigned automatically. The QR code is specific to each project and is created on web site. The new QR registration is ideal for community surveys, recruiting for studies and rapidly enrolling a large number of participants.
  • We also simplified and improved security for new research team users to register on the PiLR Health web interface.
  • Project configurations (EMA Config and Project Setup) can now be locked to prevent accidental changes. New participants can be created and other functions remain available. This allows the investigator to give multiple members of the research team access to the project configuration while ensuring that no conditions are changed during a longitudinal study.
  • You can create a custom Copyright statement that is displayed within PiLR EMA to help protect your rights to content provided in the app.
  • The PiLR EMA Builder has been improved to give research teams more control of the mobile application landing experience. You can edit the Application Tab titles as well as the Application Name. Even the Logo that is displayed on the PiLR EMA App splash page can be replaced with a custom graphic.
  • PiLR EMA and PiLR Health are introducing support for media cards.  The EMA Builder function supports the creation of media cards for collection of pictures, and sound, and for use in PiLR EMA delivered surveys.  PiLR Health provides built-in support for display of these media files.

New Release Highlights

Just pushed new releases for PiLR EMA and PiLR Health.  Highlighted features are:

  • Multi-Language support for PiLR EMA and for the content builder functions for PiLR Health.  It is now possible to create assessments in languages other than English.  If the participant has set a language preference other than English, and the content is rendered in that language, the phone will use the participants preferred language for the assessment content.
  • Support in PiLR Health for assigning participants to devices in groups.  With the other group functions it is now possible for all participant configuration functions to be done in groups.
  • Improvements to the geo-fencing algorithms in PiLR EMA.  We implemented a custom library for the Android environment to get the desired level of reliability.
  • Improvements in the date range and numeric filtering features of the Dataviewer.
  • Made it possible for teams to change the logo on the mobile app splash page and the text on the header line.

Added a Projects Page to the Web-site

While this web-site is recent, we have years of experience helping research teams.  The Projects page contains a representative example of information about successfully completed (and published) studies using our tools.