Digital Health Science Digest – Issue 57

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In this issue: a new wearable “bites” patients with diabetes to get blood glucose, new guidelines out for mobile health data monitoring, and more!  

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Issue 57



A new wearable helps diabetics test their blood glucose. Called the e-mosquito, it pushes a small needle beneath the skin to make contact with capillaries to directly measure blood glucose level. 

Here are 15 use cases for virtual reality to promote health and wellness.

The UK’s National Health Service (NHS) has pioneered digital health integration. A company with whom the NHS works closely, Inhealthcare, just launched a new programming language for developing digital health interventions specifically for the NHS system. 


A recently published article in the Journal of Health Politics, Policy, and Law, examines racial differences in obtaining health information via mobile devices in an effort to explore opportunities to reduce racial health disparities using mobile technology.

A systematic review and meta-analysis summarizes the best available evidence of the effectiveness of existing digital health interventions to help manage cancer-related fatigue. In short: they appear to be effective for managing fatigue; more research on large-scale efficacy is needed.


As The Clinical Trials Transformation Initiative (CTTI) released new guidelines on mobile-derived novel endpoints last week. The organization, a public-private partnership between pharmaceutical companies, academia, and the FDA and other regulatory agencies, hopes that these guidelines will, “help [researchers and clinicians] choose valuable outcomes measures when designing trials.” 

A collaborative agreement between the US Air Force Medical Operations Agency and the VA will provide 5 Air Force treatment facilities across the Midwest with access to the VA’s Tele-ICU capabilities. The agreement will provide Air Force service members and their families with access to doctors and critical care nurses who can prescribe medications, order tests, and diagnose, all via audio and video.

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!


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