The first ancillary study approved by the ambitious Health eHeart Study was born here at UCSF’s Department of Urology and aims to tap the power of technology to understand how pre-operative activity levels relate to post-operative recovery for patients with prostate, bladder or kidney cancer.
The e-Genitourinary Oncology Fitness and Activity Recording Study (eGO-FAR), led by Drs. Anobel Odisho, Matthew Cooperberg, June Chan, and Peter Carroll, utilizes FitBits, which are wrist-based personal activity monitors, to track movement before and after surgery. These mobile and connected health approaches provide an opportunity to integrate detailed real-world monitoring of patient health with clinical outcomes.
Patients who enroll in eGO-FAR will also participate in Health eHeart, which is lead by a team from the UCSF Division of Cardiology. It aims to collect more information about heart health from more people than any research study has done before, and hopes to use this data to better prevent, predict, and treat heart disease. Participants do not have to have heart disease to be a part of this study.
The collaboration offers an opportunity to collect, manage, and analyze massive amounts of data collected over the course of the studies from FitBit activity monitors and surveys. Together, the data will help investigators find better ways to predict and prevent complications from surgery and speed up patient recovery.
For more information, contact Sam Chadwick at 415.885.3679.