Duke Digital Health Science Digest – Issue 78

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Alexa may soon bring you health and wellness, new competencies for eHealth literacy, and more in the latest issue!

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 78



A new overview of systematic reviews found that only 23 randomized controlled trials of currently-available health apps have been conducted; less than half of those positively affected the health outcome for which they were designed. Among other issues, this greatly limits the “prescribability” of apps, according to the review’s authors.

Comcast is the newest company to get into the digital health game. Comcast will be working with one fo the biggest Blue Cross insurers in the country to design a consumer-focused healthcare platform

#rumorhasit – Amazon may be building a “health and wellness” team within its Alexa voice assistant division.


Does a “fully mobile” Diabetes Prevention Program help participants keep weight off after 65 weeks? 

What competencies comprise eHealth literacy

Can an app-based breast cancer e-support program help Chinese women improve self-efficacy during treatment


The Improving Access to Behavioral Health Information Technology Act was recently passed by the Senate. It gives the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) the authority to offer incentives for behavioral health providers who implement electronic health records. The hope is that the bill will help better integrate primary care and mental health care. The bill now heads to the House.

Former CMS Acting Administrator Andy Slavitt, along with two partners, created a new venture capital firm to help healthcare companies provide more affordable, quality care to underserved populations. One major focus will be on rural health. 

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! 


Upcoming Events

Digital Health Devices: Exploring Data Integrity and Clinical Use
Sponsored by the Clinical and Translational Science Institute & Mobile App Gateway

With hundreds of ‘health’ devices on the market, how do you choose which fitness tracker/sensor/bluetooth-enabled product to use for your research and patient monitoring?Join Ryan Shaw, PhD, RN, for a discussion about the different choices, which tools integrate with Epic, and best practices for data capture.
Thursday, June 7th 11:30 – 1:00pm 
Duke Medical Pavillion, Room DMP.2W96
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