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San Mateo, CA and Atlanta, GA—Feb. 23, 2017 Evidation Health and Shepherd Center recently announced a collaboration to measure the real-life experiences of people with neurological diseases and injuries, as well as the impact of digital health interventions on clinical and economic outcomes. The initial goal of the partnership is to help quantify the lived experience of people with multiple sclerosis and related conditions, while also evaluating relevant technology interventions that could improve outcomes. The affiliation brings the neurological clinical and research expertise of Shepherd Center together with Evidation Health’s technology and health outcomes expertise to enable direct participation of people in prospective outcomes studies of digital health solutions.

Evidation Health’s Real Life Study Solution enables companies to rapidly and rigorously evaluate product impact at scale – automating online consent and enrollment, collecting real-life data during study execution, and linking that behavioral data with medical and contextual data to quantify impact.

“Real life patient data is redefining health outcomes and underlying digital biomarkers that are providing a more complete picture of the neurological patient experience,” said Deborah Kilpatrick, Ph.D., CEO of Evidation Health. “Our partnership with Shepherd Center is driven by our joint objective to help optimize patient care in the digital era of medicine.”

Founded in 1975, Shepherd Center is a 152-bed private, not-for-profit hospital specializing in medical treatment, research and rehabilitation for people with spinal cord injury, brain injury, multiple sclerosis, spine and chronic pain, and other neuromuscular conditions.

“Behaviors can be one of the most significant determinants of health,” said Deborah Backus, PT, Ph.D., FACRM, director of multiple sclerosis research at The Eula C. and Andrew C. Carlos Multiple Sclerosis (MS) Rehabilitation and Wellness Program at Shepherd Center. “We’re excited to work with Evidation Health to correlate what we learn in a patient’s visit to the clinic with digital health behavior data for a more continuous picture of their everyday lives. This will have a profound impact on how we integrate technology to meaningfully enhance outcomes for people with neurological conditions.”

About Evidation Health
Evidation Health helps healthcare companies quantify outcomes in the digital era, using real life data from connected patients. The company developed its Real Life Study Solution to accelerate and enhance outcomes research through virtualized pragmatic trials– measuring the impact of digital health and traditional interventions far more efficiently than traditional approaches. Evidation Health works across the healthcare ecosystem with top pharmaceutical companies, payers, providers, and digital healthcare companies. Evidation Health is a privately held company headquartered in San Mateo, CA. For more information, visit www.evidation.com.

About Shepherd Center
Shepherd Center, located in Atlanta, Ga., is a private, not-for-profit hospital specializing in medical treatment, research and rehabilitation for people with spinal cord injury or brain injury. Founded in 1975, Shepherd Center is ranked by U.S. News & World Report among the top 10 rehabilitation hospitals in the nation and is a 152-bed facility. Last year Shepherd Center had 965 admissions to its inpatient programs and 571 to its day patient programs. In addition, Shepherd Center sees more than 6,600 people annually on an outpatient basis. For more information, visit Shepherd Center online at www.shepherd.org

Andrew C. Carlos Multiple Sclerosis Institute at Shepherd Center
The Andrew C. Carlos MS Institute at Shepherd has extensive experience treating people with multiple sclerosis (MS), suspected MS or related disorders. The MS Institute at Shepherd Center has treated thousands of people with MS using a wide range of neurological and rehabilitative services. Treatment options focus on medications, physical rehabilitation (including strength and energy conservation) and experimental therapies. The MS Institute at Shepherd Center offers comprehensive evaluations, diagnostics, rehabilitation services and treatment options through FDA-approved drugs and new clinical trials. The MS Rehabilitation and Wellness Research Program is part of the Eula C. and Andrew C. Carlos MS Rehabilitation and Wellness Program at Shepherd Center. Its research mission supports that of the MS clinical program and aims to improve the function, health, wellness and quality of life in people with MS.

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