Digital Health Science Digest: Issue 25

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Issue 25



  • Y’all heard about CareKit, right? Cool, ok – just checking.
  • Speaking of women’s health, there are a bunch of new apps for this market, from Planned Parenthood and from startups, that cater to women’s health – period tracking, birth control information and prescription refills, and education about STIs and pregnancy. 
  • …And even more #womensdigitalhealth! GE and Santa Clara University’s Miller Center for Social Entrepreneurship teamed up to start an accelerator to support maternal and children’s health in Sub-Saharan Africa.



  • The FCC voted to expand the Lifeline program to include subsidies for broadband and smartphone service (in addition to cell service) to low-income Americans.  It will also set up a national database that would allow providers to verify whether individuals are eligible for the program.  
  • #globaldigitalhealth – In an effort to standardize mHealth interventions, the WHO published a 16-part checklist for global mHealth projects.

Grab bag

  • mHealth@Duke is accepting abstracts for a poster session during the 4th annual conference on April 20th. Apply here by April 4th! 
  • Speaking of mHealth@Duke, this year’s conference theme is Mobile and Digital Technology in the New Era of Precision Medicine and Population Health – confirmed speakers include:
    • Bill Riley, PhD, Director, OBSSR at NIH
    • Donna Spruijt-Metz, MFA, PhD, Director, USC mHealth Collaboratory
    • J. Aaron Hipp, PhD, Associate Professor of Community Health & Sustainability, NCSU
  • Register for the conference today!
  • The National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA), has issued a Challenge: Addiction Research: There’s an App for That. It is aimed at coders, data scientists, addiction researchers and physicians to develop a novel mobile app for addiction research. The deadline is April 29th and prizes range from $20,000 – $50,000.


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