Digital Health Science Digest – Issue 44

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Happy 2017! We’re ringing in the new year with a new section, a hiring announcement, and sharing #digitalhealth predictions.

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 44



screen-shot-2017-01-06-at-1-42-30-pmCheck out these 8 digital health predictions for 2017 by Jonah Comstock, in MobiHealthNews.


screen-shot-2017-01-06-at-1-42-39-pmWith the wearable market nearing saturation, how do companies stay relevant? Integrate, integrate, integrate! 


screen-shot-2017-01-06-at-1-42-48-pmWellDoc is partnering with the American Association of Diabetes Educators (AADE) in an effort to incorporate educational content into its FDA-cleared, reimbursable BlueStar system for diabetes management. The system will deliver “bite-sized” lessons developed by the AADE to patients.


Using data from the 2011 and 2014 cycles of the Health Information and National Trends Survey (HINTS), researchers tested whether privacy and security concerns were associated with the likelihood of withholding personal health information from a provider. High perceived quality of care reduced the likelihood of withholding information from a provider at both time points.

A pragmatic randomized controlled trial (RCT) tested the ability of a web-based, guided self-help intervention to prevent major depressive disorder in people with subthreshold depression. Findings support recommending web-based treatment for those with subthreshold depression in order to reduce the risk of developing a major depressive disorder.

Researchers in Spain evaluated the effectiveness of adding a smartphone app to standard counseling in order to increase physical activity and adherence to the Mediterranean diet. Offering the app did not improve leisure-time physical activity or adherence to the Mediterranean diet over standard counseling. 


The UK’s NHS will test whether a chatbot can effectively replace a call center for non-emergency medical triage. The current system, a call center hotline called NHS 111, costs British taxpayers £16 (~$19 USD) per call. 

New! Digital Health Funding

New year, new section! Here you’ll find research funding opportunities in digital health and a selection of recently funded studies. If you have a funding opportunity you’d like us to include, please email

Funding opportunities

Funder: PCORI (Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute)
Description: Call for projects that “encourage active integration of patients, caregivers, clinicians, and other healthcare stakeholders as integral members of the patient-centered outcomes research/clinical effectiveness research (PCOR/CER) enterprise.
Deadline: Letters of Intent due by February 1, 2017 at 5pm.
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Funder: NIH (NINR, NIBIB) 
FOA #: PA-14-181 (R21)
Description: purpose is to stimulate research utilizing mHealth tools aimed at the improvement of effective patient-provider communication, adherence to treatment and self-management of chronic diseases in underserved populations.
Deadline: Standard NIH Dates
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Check out for possible funding in digital health.

Who got funded

Title: mHealth for ART Adherence by HIV+ African Americans Age 45 and Older
Organization: Environment and Health Group, Inc.
Description: This project continues work to increase ART adherence among HIV+ African Americans. The project will test enhancements to the previous mHealth intervention. It will offer interactive pill reminders and tracking via SMS, real-time pharmacist counseling and medication support, and smoking cessation support via SMS. 

Title: Taxi STEP (Social Networks, Technology, and Exercise through Pedometers)
Organization: Sloan-Kettering Institute for Cancer Research
Description: A RCT to test the effectiveness of 4 different approaches to increasing steps among taxi drivers in NYC. Arm 1: health fairs + pedometers (control). Arm 2: health fairs, pedometers, and text messages. Arm 3: health fairs, pedometers, and social network support. Arm 4: health fairs, pedometers, text messages, and social network support. Costs of each approach will be calculated and a plan to disseminate best practices will be developed.

Grab Bag

Duke is hiring!  The Duke ADHD Program invites applications for a new 2-year post-doctoral fellowship in the area of digital health and ADHD. Full job description can be found here and more information about the ADHD program at Duke can be found here.

What were the top 10 most tweeted JMIR (Journal of Medical and Internet Research) articles in 2016? Click here to find out! 






2017 mHealth@Duke Shark Tank!  
This year’s focus is on closing health disparities. 
Round 1 applications are due Friday, 2/17/17 at 5pm 
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Save the Date! 
5th Annual mHealth@Duke Conference
Wednesday, April 12th, 2017
More Info Soon! 

MEDx Mobile Technology Seminar
Researchers and clinicians from across Duke will present on their work, resources available in the mobile tech space, and discuss clinical needs and opportunities for collaboration.
Wednesday, 2/1 @ 12p-2p, Pratt School of Engineering
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