Digital Health Science Digest – Issue 41

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mHealth research in Kenya, an update on the weight-management app market, and more in this week’s digest!

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Issue 41



Duke professor Dan Ariely and the Joep Lange Institute have teamed up to conduct research in Nairobi, Kenya using M-TIBA, a mobile health wallet. They’re looking for effective ways to “nudge people to health.”

Hack Duke Code for Good was this past weekend! Check out more info about the event here.

PatientsLikeMe will add patient-generated medication reviews on – they will be accessible to everyone. 


A systematic review of studies that use technology in incentive-based interventions for health behavior change found that almost three-quarters of the studies reported statistically significant intervention effects.

Looking for an update on the current weight-management app market? Look no further! It is here. Interesting finding: only 17 of 28,905 apps were developed “with identifiable professional input.”

A survey of over 800 African American adults in Florida to assess eHealth literacy found that 71% owned smartphones and that most were willing to participate in health research that employed technology. Women, smartphone owners, respondents who use the Internet to find health information, and respondents who are willing to participate in mHealth research had significantly higher eHealth literacy scores.


What is the fate of net neutrality under a Trump Presidency? Check out a comprehensive analysis here.

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A new partnership will bring health investment to Durham. Mosaic Health Solutions, the investment arm of Blue Cross Blue Shield of North Carolina, and Cambia Health Solutions have merged to form an investment entity called Echo Health Ventures

We are so proud of our Director, Gary Bennett and our awesome graduate student Shelley Lanpher for presenting our work at a recent Duke Forward event. Check out their talk here (it also happens to explain what we do very, very well!)






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