mHealth@Duke aims to accelerate research on the use of sensors and mobile technology to advance the delivery of health care through improved patient-provider communication and collaborative health care management. Through our consortium and series of events throughout the year, we provide a venue for education and leadership development in the mHealth space. We also serve as an incubator for mHealth research by helping consortium members identify funding resources, exchange ideas with colleagues across Duke schools, and partnering with mHealth-focused academic, industry, and non-profit groups in the Triangle. 

Annual Events:

mHealth Shark Tank Competition

Now entering its third year, the Shark Tank competition aims to bring together the greatest minds at Duke to present their innovative digital health ideas! 

The deadline for the 2017 Shark Tank first round is February 24, 2017. This year we have a special topic: closing health disparities. More information here!

mHealth@Duke Conference

Launched in 2013, the mHealth@Duke conference was the first of many creative cross-disciplinary collaborations through active dialogue and sharing of research ideas in mHealth at Duke. Each year, the conference provides attendees the opportunity to learn about innovation in mHealth and to hear from featured speakers representing Duke Medicine, Trinity College, the Nursing School, Pratt School of Engineering, College of Arts and Sciences and the VA. We are honored to be joined by colleagues from UNC, NC State, NC A&T, and from universities all over the country.

5th Annual mHealth@Duke Conference

The Lifecycle of Digital Health Science

Powered by Duke Digital Health and Smashing Boxes

Wednesday, April 12, 2017
9am – 4pm
Great Hall, Trent Semans Center for Health Education, Duke Medical Center

Click here for the conference agenda and here for the full program.


Keynote Speaker

Drew Schiller, Co-Founder and CEO of Validic

Drew Schiller co-founded and serves as the Chief Executive Officer of Validic, the leading digital health platform for connecting patient-generated data from apps, wearables, and in-home medical devices to the healthcare system. At Validic, Drew leads the strategy of Validic driving key market initiatives and working closely with senior executives at client and partner organizations to stay ahead of the innovation curve.

Drew is a member of the Federal Advisory Committee joint HITPC/HITSC API Task Force on Meaningful Use 3. Additionally, he sits on the Consumer Technology Association (CTA) Health & Fitness Technology Board and contributes to CTA Health & Fitness subcommittees on Interoperability, Privacy and Security, and Standards. As head of a CTA subcommittee on Standards, Drew is charged with helping define standards for physical activity across wearable devices.   

Drew believes that digital health will reshape healthcare. He speaks, writes, and provides interviews on a variety of digital health topics, including connected health, the future of digital health technology, interoperability and data access, digital health privacy and security, open data and standards, as well as  practical use cases regarding how consumer health devices can be used in clinical settings to improve the quality of care, better health outcomes, and reduce healthcare costs.


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Call for Poster Abstracts 

The 2017 mHealth@Duke conference committee welcomes your abstract submission for review.

The purpose of the poster session is to encourage professionals, students, and researchers to share their most recent findings in an informal setting that aims to encourage discussion. Posters will be displayed throughout the conference day on April 12, 2017.

Please e-mail an abstract of 250 words or less to:

Required fields:


Role: Student or Non-student


Abstract Summary (250 words maximum)

Submission Deadline: March 29, 2017

Submissions will be peer-reviewed. Two $100 awards will be granted for best student and best non-student poster.

Please note: Accepted poster participants must be in attendance at the conference.

*For poster printing, we recommend PhD Posters (, a local company founded by Duke students. Tips and templates are provided on their website. Standard sizes of 36″x 48″ or smaller are preferred.


Previous Conferences

2016 mHealth@Duke Conference

Mobile and Digital Technology in the New Era of Precision Medicine and Population Health

Download the full agenda here: mHealth@Duke_2016_Conference_Schedule_4-11-16 

Featured Speakers

Bill Riley, PhDbill_riley_OBSSR is the Director of the NIH Office of Behavioral and Social Sciences Research, and Associate Director of NIH for Behavioral and Social Sciences. 

Dr. Riley has been working in mHealth before it was even called that! Check out a preview of his talk and about the President’s Precision Medicine Initiative here:

donna_spruijt-metz_USCDDonna Spruijt-Metz, MFA, PhD is Director of the USC mHealth Collaboratory at the University of Southern California’s Center for Economic and Social Research (Co-Director, Bill Swartout), and Professor of Research in Psychology. 

Listen to a preview of Dr. Spruijt-Metz’s talk, “mHealth to the 4th Power” here:


A_Hipp-300x300J. Aaron Hipp, PhD is the Associate Professor of Community Health and Sustainability, Department of Parks, Recreation, and Tourism Management, and Fellow, Center for Geospatial Analytics, North Carolina State University (NCSU), is a built environment and physical activity researcher and teacher. 

Here’s a sneak peek of what Dr. Hipp will be talking about!


mHealth Shark Tank Competition

Now entering its third year, the Shark Tank competition aims to bring together the greatest minds at Duke to present their innovative digital health ideas! 

The deadline for the 2017 Shark Tank first round is February 24, 2017. This year we have a special topic: closing health disparities. More information here!

The first year’s winning team created mBadlaav, an app that helps doctors and hospitals improve treatment for survivors of rape and sexual assault in India. You can read more about mBadlaav and the Shark Tank competition here and here

The winners of our second annual competition, Physao, created an app and portable device for people with asthma to be able to test their lung device and connect with trusted friends and family for help if needed. Check out their presentation at our 4th annual mHealth@Duke conference here!  


mHealth@Duke was founded by Bernard Fuemmeler, PhD, MPH, and F. Joseph McClernon, PhD, in 2012. Dr. Fuemmeler is an Associate Professor and researcher in the Department of Community and Family Medicine. Dr. McClernon is the Director of the Division on Addiction Research and Translation in Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at Duke. 


Faculty Steering Committee

Gary Bennett, PhD,
Director, Duke Digital Health
Bishop-MacDermott Family Professor of Psychology & Neuroscience, Global Health and Medicine
Ryan Shaw, PhD,
Assistant Professor
Duke School of Nursing
Sophia Smith, PhD, MSW,
Associate Professor,
Duke School of Nursing,
Center for Learning Health Care
Lavanya Vasudevan, PhD, MPH, CPH
Research Scholar
Duke Global Health Institute
Dori Steinberg, PhD, MS, RD 
Associate Director, Duke Digital Health
Research Scholar, Duke Global Health Institute
Katie Donohue McMillan, MPH
Innovation Portfolio Manager
Duke Health Technology Systems
Roger Vilardaga, PhD
Assistant Professor
Center for Addiction Science and Technology
 Student Consortium
Roshni Prakash
Undergraduate Student Liaison