New Open Wearables Initiative (OWEAR) program highlights emerging de facto standards in open source algorithms
OWEAR searchable catalogs will provide insight and links to published research on wearable devices using open source algorithms in multiple therapeutic areas
CAMBRIDGE, MA, United States, September 27, 2021 /EINPresswire.com/ – The Open Wearables Initiative (OWEAR), which promotes and facilitates the use of open source algorithms for digital medicine, today announced a new program designed to identify and support open source algorithms that are adopted quickly and can become de facto industry standards.
This OWEAR program uses the number and quality of references to âcrowdsourceâ the identification of potential de facto standards. Once a potential standard is identified, OWEAR will create and maintain a searchable catalog that displays key information about the studies in which the algorithm was used, including the therapeutic area, population (s) studied and the number of participants. .
OWEAR plans to create a new catalog for every open source algorithm used in a wearable sensor or other connected health technology that generates over 25 published papers and responds to other quality metrics. The number of references criterion indicates that the algorithm has been widely adopted by the industry. Shimmer Research, Inc. has agreed to donate the time of its staff to create and maintain these OWEAR catalogs.
GGIR, a popular package for turning wrist-worn acceleration data into activity and sleep metrics, is the first open source package recognized under this program. The OWEAR catalog presenting all the articles published for GGIR is now available on www.owear.org. It contains over 300 references, including 114 that were published in the past year alone.
âOWEAR is always looking for new ways to make it easier to use open source algorithms. Identifying and evaluating whether an open source package is appropriate for a specific application can be time consuming. This program streamlines this process by identifying packages that have been widely used and allows the user to view relevant references within seconds, âsaid Geoffrey Gill, co-founder of OWAAR and president of Shimmer Americas.
âEstablishing industry standards is essential to achieve broad acceptance of digital medicine technologies. Regulators and healthcare professionals cannot be expected to evaluate a myriad of algorithms that measure essentially the same phenomenon. Compliance with OWAAR’s number of references criterion indicates that the authors have trusted the algorithm enough to use it and that the software is in good enough condition for others to use, âadded Mr. Gill. .
Industry members wishing to propose an algorithm for inclusion in an OWEAR catalog should contact the organization at www.OWEAR.org.
Mr. Gill will discuss the value of open-source algorithms during his DPHARM presentation titled “Collaborating on Digital Endpoints with Open-Source Algorithms” at 12:20 pm on Tuesday, September 28th.
More information about the conference is available at https://theconferenceforum.org/conferences/disruptive-innovations-us/2021-agenda.
About the Open Wearables Initiative (OWEAR)
OWEAR is an industry collaboration designed to promote the efficient use of high-quality, sensor-generated health measures in clinical research through the open sharing of algorithms and datasets. OWEAR serves as a community hub, indexing, distributing and comparing algorithms in an open and transparent way. It acts as a neutral broker, leading formal and objective benchmarking processes and identifying high performing algorithms in selected areas. Its vision is to provide the industry with a searchable database of calibrated algorithms and source code that can be freely used by anyone to help streamline drug development and enable digital medicine. For more information, visit www.OWEAR.org.
Geoffrey Gill, (617) 945-2628
President, Shimmer Americas
Rana Healthcare Solutions LLC