Mobile Adverse Event Reporting System (MAERS)


Ajinkya Chalke

Oral Defence Date: 

Tuesday, December 18, 2018 - 13:00


TH 434


Profs. Dragutin Petkovic & Arno Puder and CCLS Research Assoc. Mike Wong


Adverse event (AE) can be defined as any medical occurrence in a patient or a clinical investigation subject such as from usage of a drug or any medical device, which does not necessarily have a causal relationship with the treatment. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) established The FDA Adverse Event Reporting System (FAERS), where people who suffered such adverse events or their associated health professionals can report the AE. The FAERS is a database that contains adverse event reports, medication error reports, and product quality complaints resulting in adverse events that were submitted to FDA. The MedWatch website provides information and interface for reporting the adverse events to the FDA. The difficulty is that the interface provided by MedWatch is not easy to use, allows only text input, and is not easy to find by average users, causing many AEs not to be reported. We have designed and developed a Mobile Adverse Event Reporting System (MAERS) as an alternative to MedWatch. Goals of MAERS project were: a) to develop easy to use mobile version of MedWatch application; and b) to leverage modern mobile platforms by adding multimodal inputs including voice, image, speech recognition and bio-sensors to enrich the captured information. MAERS is a client-server application with Android mobile device as the client which recreates MedWatch user interface format in a mobile device and in addition allows users to capture voice, images and heart pulse. The server’s role is to process and package the data and send to FAERS or any other database. MAERS was developed using modern software engineering approach such as User Centered Design and focus groups to develop easy to use system. MAERS uses latest software with industry standard security and is a collaborative project with Stanford Bioengineering and SFSU Center for Computing for Life Sciences.


Adverse event reporting, Android, mobile reporting, FAERS


Ajinkya Chalke