Digital Health Science Digest – Issue 56

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In this issue: a new partnership between Duke and Boston Children’s Hospital, data mining to characterize engagement in a weight loss app, and more!  

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Issue 56



Duke has partnered with Boston Children’s Hospital to create an app called Caremap. It is designed to help families track certain health metrics, and allows them to share data securely with providers using iOS’s CareKit.

The Duke Institute for Health Innovation recently released an app for iOS and Android called Cancer Distress Coach. The app is being tested in a study that aims to determine the effectiveness of stress-reduction tools delivered via a mobile app. 


Using a data mining approach, researchers characterized user engagement with the weight loss app, LoseIt! and found that on average, users engaged with the app for 29 days. Certain characterizations defined either highly engaged users, or less engaged users.

A recent qualitative analysis in Lima, Peru, looked at text message exchanges between newly diagnosed men who have sex with men and their HIV counselors. Read through the findings here.


As Artificial Intelligence becomes more ubiquitous, how do we ensure that it is equitably accessible? Margaret Chan, the director-general of the World Health Organization, spoke recently about increasing threats to equity and warned about the over-reliance on technological tools.

Here’s a rundown of the Senate’s current draft of the healthcare bill, ICYMI. h/t to STAT News for the summary.

Grab Bag

The Duke Institute for Health Innovation (DIHI) is organizing the 3rd Innovation Jam. All faculty, staff, trainees, and students are encouraged to apply. This year’s focus will be on ideas that are close to translation into market and/or commercialization, such as:
1) Innovative devices
2) Novel use of analytics
3) Digital health/mHealth
More information and application here!

We are hiring  a Clinical Research Coordinator to run a 4-year digital weight loss research trial. Job description here.






Keeping Up with Consumers: How Can mHealth Apps and Wearables Help Evaluate Medical Products?

June 26th, 2m – 4pm Duke-Margolis Center
More info & registration details here!  


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