Digital Health Science Digest – Issue 33

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Pokémon Go – good for you or bad for you? Also, how the ACA has influenced digital health, a new app for people with epilepsy, and more! 

The Digital Health Science Digest is a bimonthly newsletter compiled by Duke Digital Health. We bring you the most interesting research publications, policy news, and other fun digital health science stuff.  

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Issue 33



  • Part 3 of our new blog series is out! The series is about designing evidence-based digital health interventions for vulnerable populations. Part 3 is all about experiment design. This series is published in partnership with Vanessa Mason of P2Health. Check out Parts 1 and 2 to get caught up! 


  • Pilot: A pilot randomized trial was conducted to test a streamlined EHR-based goal setting tool that providers used with their patients with prediabetes. Physical activity increased over 6 months (compared to the usual care group) and there was a trend towards weight loss, though no change in glycemic control.  
  • Usability Testing: A study tested the usability of 11 of the most popular apps for diabetes, depression, and caregiving among a group of low-income users from diverse racial/ethnic backgrounds. The study found that the apps were quite confusing and difficult to use. Participants, who were all English-speaking and who routinely used the Internet, could only complete 43% of the apps’ tasks without assistance


Grab bag

  • The Southeastern Diabetes Initiative (SEDI), an innovative three-year population health project focused on adults with type 2 diabetes, completed data collection on June 30. SEDI integrated geospatial data from participants and collected vast amounts of EHR data across 4 study sites.
  • The Duke Institute for Health Innovations (DIHI) is seeking pragmatic health innovations with immediate application at Duke and/or commercialization potential for their 2nd Innovation Jam! See the events section above for dates. 

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