Duke Digital Health Science Digest – Issue 81

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The US Army builds a mobile tech platform to improve medical evacuations, who’s been funded recently 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 81



The Singapore government announced that hackers have broken into the government health database and stolen personal data belonging to 1.5 million people. Data taken include names, addresses, and medicines dispensed, but not medical records; in addition, the records were not tampered with.

The US Army’s medical division built a mobile technology platform to streamline triage and communications in the event of medical evacuations. It’s called the Medical Hands-free Unified Broadcast, or MEDHUB, and it uses wearables, accelerometers, and other hardware to facilitate communication between medics on the ground and teams at a receiving hospital.

The Department of Veterans Affairs and IBM Watson Health are extending their partnership to apply IBM’s technology to improve precision cancer therapy.


Is digital medicine different? This Lancet editorial coincides with the 70th anniversary of the National Health Service in the United Kingdom.

Does a smartphone-based cognitive training program improve healthy food choice among adults with obesity?

A recent systematic review looks at the effects of patient-centered eHealth interventions for children, adolescents, and adults with Sickle Cell Disease.

Call for abstracts: The submission site for ObesityWeek 2018 late-breaking abstracts will be open from July 20th – August 6th. ObesityWeek is hosted by The Obesity Society.

Digital Health Funding

In this section, you’ll find research funding opportunities in digital health as we hear about them, and highlights of recently funded studies. If you have a funding opportunity you’d like us to include, please email erica.levine@duke.edu.

Who got funded

Project Title: A Personalized mHealth Approach to Smoking Cessation for Veterans Living with HIV
Organization: Durham VA Medical Center
Description: This study will test an intervention using mHealth and Telehealth technology to deliver individually personalized smoking cessation and pharmacotherapy for Veteran smokers living with HIV.

Project Title: Mobile Intervention to Reduce Pain and Improve Health (MORPH) in Obese Older Adults
Organization: Wake Forest University Health Sciences
Description: This R21 will develop and test the feasibility of a novel, patient-centered intervention that leverages the combination of tele coaching and individually-adaptive mHealth tools to decrease body mass and sedentary behavior. 

Project Title: Reducing HIV Health Disparities Among African American Transgender Women
Organization: ISA Associates, Inc.
Description: This R43 will offer informational, motivational, and skill-building text messages, as well as messages that offer strategies for gaining gender affirmation. Text messages will be supplemented with web-based videos.

Grab Bag

Sending a huge THANK YOU to our student interns who have contributed so much to our team this summer! Best of luck in your future endeavors! 



Upcoming Events

Save the Date(s)!
The first Digital Health Week at Duke, sponsored by the Mobile App Gateway!
September 17-20, 2018
Information will be posted here as it becomes available!

Digital Health Innovation Jam
Duke Institute for Health Innovation (DIHI) is hosting its 4th annual Innovation Jam. Suggested themes for idea submissions include, but are not limited to:
1) Innovative devices
2) Novel use of analytics
3) Digital health/mHealth

Applications are due August 24th by 5pm. The Innovation Jam will be on Thursday, October 4th at 11am in Trent Semans Great Hall

For more information, contact Krista Whalen (Krista dot Whalen at Duke dot edu).

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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