Announcing our Digital Health Science Digest!

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This bimonthly digest includes a carefully cultivated list of new publications, policy news, and other fun digital health science stuff.  

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Issue 1: The Pre-Issue Issue



  • You guys all heard about ResearchKit, right? Our director, Dr. Gary Bennett, had a lot to say about it.  

  • WhatsApp announced it would not release an API of its own. Developers heaved a sigh heard ’round the world, and so did we

  • The debate about the value of commercial health apps continues, this month in the New York Times

  • A few months before unveiling ResearchKit, Apple told the FDA that it “sees mobile technology platforms as an opportunity for people to learn more about themselves. With the potential for more sensors on mobile devices, Apple believes there is the opportunity to do more with devices, and that there may be a moral obligation to do more.” (emphasis ours) – maybe that moral obligation influenced the decision to build the wall between a consumer’s health data and the Apple backend? Either way, we’re glad they built it. More on the genesis of Research Kit here


  • The White House and USDA are making moves to bring faster Internet to Americans, especially in rural areas. This is great considering 10% of Americans still have no broadband access at home, according to a Pew Research Center report.

  • Last week, the House passed a bill that would make changes to Medicare, including:
    • Changes in the reimbursement structure for doctors – based on service quality, rather than volume.
    • The Children’s Health Insurance Program would be extended for two years. This is good news, since a new study published in Health Affairs reports that if it wasn’t renewed, “enrollees in single coverage employer-sponsored plans could pay up to $11,829 a year to add 2 or more dependent children to their insurance.” Ouch
    • Some higher-income Medicare beneficiaries would be required to pay higher premiums. 



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