Duke Digital Health Science Digest – Issue 86

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In this issue: the WHO’s new digital health strategy, 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 86



An innovative pilot at the University of Texas health system built a patient-centric, integrated ecosystem of care

Reflexion Health partnered with Duke Clinical Research Institute to conduct a large randomized controlled trial to compare its virtual physical therapy solution with traditional physical therapy, and in this article, Reflexion’s CEO outlines some of the challenges to running these trials in digital health; he also makes the case for why building an evidence base is necessary. 

In today’s #RoyalNews, Prince Harry was spotted during his tour to Australia and New Zealand wearing an Oura, a connected ring that tracks sleep and activity.


Duke Digital Health is proud to announce the publication of the outcomes of its latest study, Track. Track was a personalized #digitalhealth weight loss intervention that used text messages and interactive voice response to engage adults with obesity and at least one other co-morbid condition. It combined automated, interactive technology with personalized human coaching to help patients lose weight over one year.  


Amazon Web Services will be integrated into the Science and Technology Research Infrastructure for Discovery, Experimentation and Sustainability (STRIDES) initiative at the National Institutes of Health.

A nonprofit founded by the American Medical Association recently released privacy and security guidelines aimed at keeping identifiable health information of mobile health app users secure. 

The World Health Organization, in partnership with PATH, is developing its first digital health strategy. Together, these organizations will look at primary health care, “as a whole.”

Upcoming Events

mHealth Applications in Global Health
Wednesday, November 7th, 11:45am
Hock Auditorium
Lunch will be provided; registration is required

This month, the Mobile App Gateway seminar series will take a look at digital health technologies from a global health perspective. The event will feature Dr. Lavanya Vasudevan, Assistant Professor in Community and Family Medicine, and two Duke students, Mary Brannock, MS Candidate in Global Health and Linh Bui, a Trinity College of Arts and Sciences student participating in the Bass Connections Program. They will use the backdrop of their three different research projects to discuss strategies and considerations for developing a digital health product that is tailored for your specific project. 

Save the Date(s)!
The 2018 DHIT Summit will convene internationally recognized thought leaders in key stakeholders from the healthcare ecosystem to dig deep into how digital health can pervasively be used to transform the way we design and deliver care. 
Wednesday, November 14, 2018
8:00am – 5:00pm
More details and register here

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