Digital Health Science Digest – Issue 30

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Watson’s mission to improve diabetes care using #digitalhealth, SMS can reduce smoking, and our director makes the case for more sidewalks and less surgeries…

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Issue 30



  • Expanding even further into diabetes care, IBM’s Watson Health joined with the American Diabetes Association in a multi-year partnership whose goal is to improve diabetes care using digital health. 
  • AstraZeneca has launched an app to help patients track their prescriptions, learn more about their conditions, and access a savings card that is like a coupon book for prescription medications. 
  • #LongRead: this interview on digital health engagement with Suneel Gupta, the co-founder and CEO of Rise, a health coaching and weight loss program. 



  • The European Union has finalized a Code of Conduct on privacy for mHealth apps – among the issues it covers are: purpose limitation and data minimizaton; privacy by design and by default; principles on advertising in mHealth apps; and disclosing data to 3rd parties for processing operations.
  • Listen to our Director, Gary Bennett, PhD, make the case for more sidewalks and fewer surgeries, on last week’s episode of Glad You Asked, a podcast by Duke University. 
  • A federal court has ruled that high-speed internet service can be defined as a utility, effectively reinforcing the FCC’s argument that broadband services is as essential as phone, electricity, and gas service.

Grab bag

  • We’re looking for an amazing Project Director to help us design and implement an exciting new trial. Check out the job description here and apply (or help us get the word out!) 
  • JMIR’s impact factor increased to 4.532 this year, moving up over a point since last year. Congratulations! 

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