Duke Digital Health Science Digest – Issue 77

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Can motivational interviewing be delivered by a robot?  That and more in this issue!

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Issue 77



The Cleveland Clinic innovation team recently shared their strategic formula for technological transformation – they presented at a recent event on developing an API platform that helped them extend the capabilities of their EHR.

Check out this smartwatch for the blind – the Dot Watch is reinventing tactile communication by putting Braille on a watch.

Fitbit recently acquired Twine Health, a healthcare coaching app for employees enrolled in wellness programs. This, plus a launch of a women’s health tracking feature in the Fitbit app, mark a shift for Fitbit from devices to software and services

#Analoghealth – a fresh food program launched at a health system in Pennsylvania is helping patients manage their type 2 diabetes, lose weight, and even start to reduce their dependence on medications. The program provides patients with food insecurity 2 meals’ worth of food per day for 5 days per week, for as long as is needed. The “fresh food farmacy” is located on a hospital campus, and by partnering with a local food bank, the system can provide healthy food at a reasonable cost. 


Can motivational interviewing be delivered by a robot

Is a comprehensive 3-month digital care program effective at lessening chronic knee pain?

What is the effect of a text message program designed for sexual minority male youths on motivation to prevent HIV transmission?

Is the addition of a smartphone app to standardized diet and physical activity counseling effective at improving healthy lifestyles in a general population after 1 year? 


The US Department of Health and Human Services is bringing its Startup Day to Chicago at the end of this month, where 6 startups will pitch to leaders from government offices that deal with health and IT

Did you know that the Department of Defense has its own electronic health records system? Apparently it does, and according to one US Senator, the rollout isn’t going that well.. 

Grab Bag

Next time you see him, please make sure to congratulate to our *amazing* director, Gary Bennett, for being named the next Vice Provost for Undergraduate Education! We are so proud of him and excited to watch him take on this amazing new role! 


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