Duke Digital Health Science Digest – Issue 69

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In this issue: Digital health trends to watch in 2018, 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 69



Are you wondering which trends to watch in digital health in 2018? Pricewaterhouse Cooper’s Health Research Institute published a list of 12 healthcare trends to watch in 2018. There will be room for digital health in each of these trends.  

A new Google patent could turn your bathroom mirror into a medical device.


A randomized controlled trial among adults with obesity in Belgium tested the effect of different types of weight loss program delivery – face-to-face, an app, and a combination of the two. They did not find any significant difference in weight loss between the 3 intervention groups; significantly more participants in all 3 intervention groups lost at least 5% of their baseline weight, compared to the usual care group.

A smartphone application that delivered cognitive behavioral therapy effectively alleviated depressive symptoms among patients with major depression. In addition, secondary analyses revealed which behavioral activation tasks were used most often and which were found to be most helpful.


The FDA recently approved the first digital prescription therapy, focused on substance abuse. Is it possible for digital programs to replace drugs as efficacious treatments for opioid addition? A recent STAT News piece tries to tackle this question.

The US Senate recently passed the VETS Act, which will increase telehealth access for veterans.

Grab Bag

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

Design Thinking Workshop
Do you have an idea for a mobile app? Design Thinking can help unlock potential in the creation, design, and implementation of useful and effective mobile apps. In this 4 hour workshop, we will explore a Design Thinking roadmap. 
Friday, February 2, 9am – 1pm
The Link, Classroom 3
Sign up here!

Digital Health Symposium, “Digital Health Everywhere”
Hosted by UNC’s Health Sciences Library
Friday, February 23, 8:30am – 2pm
UNC Health Sciences Library
Call for posters! Please fill out the following application with a short abstract. Applications are due Monday, January 22nd. 

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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