Digital Health Science Digest – Issue 29
A smart stethoscope, a free concussion prevention app for Canadians, new methods to study Twitter data, and more in this week’s digest!
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- Mary Meeker’s 2016 internet trends report was released this week! Interestingly, one trend we’re seeing is the switch to messaging apps as the “go-to place for interaction” with a smartphone (vs. the home screen). Get going with those messaging and native OS notifications apps, digital health researchers!
- Did you guys know there’s a “smart stethoscope” out there? It can record heart and lung sounds and send them directly to the EHR. It’s a really cool example of a digital health intervention that doesn’t interrupt clinical workflow, and allows PCPs and specialists to share vital signs easily, without needing the patient to make another appointment.
- Boston Children’s Hospital is making waves and brainstorming ways Amazon’s Alexa voice recognition software can be used to improve patient care in the hospital and after patients go home.
- Survey: A cross-sectional survey of 1,350 respondents found that self-reported health literacy did not predict Internet, smartphone, or text messaging use. It did find that those who reported having lower health literacy were more likely to get health information from social networks and to use health apps.
- Outcomes: 641 adults with high CVD risk were randomly assigned to either usual care or a digital health intervention that was comprised of regular telephone calls from trained health coaches (Healthlines). While clinical benefits were reported for some with high CVD risk, there was no overall improvement found in average risk.
- Methods Development: Tweets from almost 2,000 followers of @SafetyMD were analyzed to develop and define an indicator of Twitter information dissemination called “user emphasis,” in an effort to optimize the use of Twitter to disseminate health information.
- The WHO has added digital health to its End TB Strategy, which provides support for innovations in global efforts to improve TB care and prevention.
- A task force at the Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT made specific recommendations for incorporating Precision Medicine into its Interoperability Roadmap.
- Concussion Ed was just released in Canada. The free app provides information and resources on how to handle concussions as well as how to prevent them.
- Cancel all your weekend plans, because the mHealth@Duke 4th Annual Conference talks are now online! Better than Netflix, if you ask us.
- A friend of Duke Digital Health tipped us off to this weekly 10-minute roundup of public health news, produced by the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health.
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