Duke Digital Health Science Digest – Issue 68

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In this issue: End-of-year roundups for 2017, new publications in digital health, 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 68



Looking back…MedCity News published a recap of the strides made in telehealth and digital health in 2017.

Looking forward…health systems are continuing to launch new telehealth and telemedicine programs, despite the lack of reimbursement.


A new systematic review aimed to find and evaluate web-based tools and mobile applications to help healthcare students and professionals evaluate and address burnout, depression, and suicidality. The review identified 5 categories of programs with significant effectiveness: cognitive behavioral therapy, meditation, mindfulness, breathing, and relaxation techniques. 

A new paper (featuring our director, Gary Bennett!) summarizes methods for evaluating the content, usability, and efficacy of commercially available health applications.    


Check out this roundup of 2017 telehealth legislation by state.

Grab Bag

Happy New Year from your friends at Duke Digital Health! We wish you a healthy and happy 2018!

Duke Digital Health (that’s us!) is looking for pilot participants  for a text message-based weight loss study. The goal of Charge is to test different ways to use text messaging to help you healthier choices, lose weight, and feel great. If you’re between 18-65 and willing to get & send text messages on your smartphone for 2 weeks, you may be eligible to participate. Click here for more info!

The Duke Mobile App Gateway has announced a new RFA to fund 2 research projects on the Medable platform. Applications are due January 31, 2018. Funded researchers will also receive 10 hours of support from the Mobile App Gateway team. Click here for more information! 

The Duke Center for REsearch to AdvanCe Healthcare Equity (REACH Equity) is seeking applications for a mentored career development award for junior faculty. Up to 6 awards will be funded this year. The awards provide up to $75,000 per year for 2 years. Applications are due February 1, 2018. 

Upcoming Events

Medicine Grand Rounds – REACH Equity: Responding to the ‘Fierce urgency of now’
Friday, January 12, 8am – 9am
Speaker: Kimberly Johnson, MD
Trent Semans Center for Health Education – Great Hall More information and registration here

If you’d like to submit an event or article for us to publish in our digest, please send at least 3 weeks before the event to: erica.levine@duke.edu

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