Duke Digital Health Science Digest – Issue 83

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In this issue: the first implantable glucose monitoring system receives FDA clearance, a recommendation for an “intradisciplinary” approach to weight loss treatment, 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 83



A new company, Zipline, led by 27-year old Abdoul Salam Nizeyimana, uses drones to deliver blood to Rwanda’s hospitals

The first implantable continuous glucose monitoring system has received FDA clearance to be marketed in the United States. Senseonics, the company that makes the system, is already selling its device in Europe, the Middle East, and Africa.

The National Health System in the United Kingdom is using HeartFlow Flow Analysis to help hospitals fight against coronary heart disease. The technology uses deep learning from CT scans to create digital 3D models of patients’ arteries and assess the impact of blockages on blood flow to the heart. This innovation provides more accurate diagnostics and help physicians more readily identify coronary disease. 


A recent review suggests that an intradisciplinary approach to weight loss is most effective.  Wearables can help dieters lose weight, but, “there is not sufficient evidence that wearable devices can promote sustained behavior change and long-term weight maintenance on their own.”

How effective is mHealth in helping to improve medication adherence among people with hypertension?

Are apps effective in supporting the self-management of hypertension? Check out this systematic review on effectiveness and usability.

Can a fully remote clinical trial recruit and engage individuals with depression who self-identify as Hispanic/Latino?

Veterans who reside in rural communities have a 20% higher risk of dying by suicide than veterans who live in urban areas. A recent manuscript assessed the availability of evidence-based and promising practices to support a community-based suicide prevention effort for rural veterans. After all resources were compiled, out of 70 resources, 20 were targeted to veterans, one was designed for rural communities, and none were targeted specifically to rural veterans. 

Call for abstracts: The submission site for The Society of Behavioral Medicine will be open until September 12th at 11:59pm ET. 


Via DHIT: The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services may allow home health agencies to report expenses related to remote patient monitoring on Medicare cost report forms, as well as paying physicians for “virtual check-ins” via telemedicine. 

The American Medical Association has adopted a policy on augmented intelligence (aka artificial intelligence). Under this policy, the AMA will set priorities for AI and promote the development of high-quality, validated healthcare AI. 

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.

Funding Opportunities

The Duke Institute for Health Innovation (DIHI) has a Request for Applications open for demonstration pilots. DIHI is interested in solutions that align with the following thematic areas: preventing healthcare-acquired infection and enhancing quality and safety; population health and analytics; building resilience and well-being; enhanced transitions of care; novel patient interactions; team-based and new care models. Please go here for more information. The deadline is Friday, 9/28/18 by 6pm EST. This opportunity is open to all Duke faculty, staff, trainers, and students.  

Grab Bag

Rest In Power, Queen Aretha

DGHI is actively recruiting for 2 new positions:

Innovations in Healthcare/Global Health Innovation Center at Duke is hiring a Program Coordinator

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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