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Open Wearables Initiative Highlights Standards in Open Source Algorithms

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A wearable sensor.

Said Open Wearables Initiative co-founder Geoffrey Gill, "Establishing industry standards is critical in gaining widespread acceptance of digital medicine technologies."

Credit: Someya Laboratory/University of Tokyo

The Open Wearables Initiative (OWEAR), which promotes and facilitates the use of open-source algorithms for digital medicine, has announced a new program designed to identify and support open-source algorithms that are being adopted rapidly and may become de facto industry standards. 

This OWEAR program uses the number and quality of references to "crowdsource" the identification of potential de facto standards. Once a potential standard is identified, OWEAR will create and maintain a searchable catalogue that displays key information about the studies in which the algorithm has been employed, including the therapeutic area, population(s) studied, and the number of participants.

OWEAR co-founder Geoffrey Gill said, "Establishing industry standards is critical in gaining widespread acceptance of digital medicine technologies. Regulatory agencies and healthcare professionals cannot be expected to evaluate myriad algorithms that measure essentially the same phenomenon.

"Meeting OWEAR's reference-count criterion indicates that the authors trusted the algorithm enough to use it and that the software is in good enough shape to be used by others."


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