Duke University

By Dave Muoio September 13, 2017
Researchers from the Duke University School of Nursing have launched a five-year study on pressure ulcer reduction powered by the Leaf Patient Monitoring System. The wireless, wearable sensor developed by Leaf Healthcare will track patient’s movements to determine the optimal timing for nurses to turn or reposition patients at risk for ulcers. "We need this information to decide how to deliver...
By Jonah Comstock December 13, 2016
Precision medicine was a major topic at the Connected Health Conference in National Harbor, Maryland this week. In a main stage panel yesterday moderated by NEHI President and CEO Susan Dentzer, panelists discussed how personalized medicine is more than just genomics. Sometimes it’s much more simple. “Homeless patients should not receive medications that have to be refrigerated,” Kevin Johnson,...
By Jonah Comstock October 31, 2016
Dr. Ricky Bloomfield, a doctor on the forefront of implementing both Apple HealthKit and Apple ResearchKit in his position as Director of Mobile Strategy at Duke University, will leave Duke to take a position on Apple's health team. A colleague of Bloomfield's broke the news on Twitter today and Apple confirmed the news. The company declined to go into detail about what Bloomfield's role at Apple...
By Jonah Comstock July 5, 2016
In a deployment with UnitedHealthcare, health coaching startup Vida was able to reduce weight and blood pressure in a group of 1,000 high-BMI patients across three states, the company told MobiHealthNews. "Over 58 percent of the population has seen weight loss and over 30 percent have lost more than 5 percent of their body weight, which is clinically significant," Vida CEO and Founder Stephanie...
By Jonah Comstock June 28, 2016
We wrote last week that, at MobiHealthNews 2016, Duke Director of Mobile Strategy Dr. Ricky Bloomfield brought breaking news from WWDC that Apple would soon add HealthKit support for the HL7 Continuity of Care Document to iOS 10. But that tidbit, exciting as it was, was only a small part of Bloomfield’s talk, in which he shared some early anecdotes and triumphs from Duke’s early forays into both...
By Tom Sullivan June 15, 2016
Apple HealthKit champion Ricky Bloomfield, MD, said that Apple is adding support for the Health Level 7 Continuity of Care Document to iOS 10. Bloomfield, who made the remarks here at the MobiHealthNews 2016 event, also attended Apple’s Worldwide Developer Conference earlier in the day, where Apple revealed that iOS 10 will be available this fall and showcased a range of new features from...
By Jonah Comstock February 29, 2016
Health tech investors are looking for entrepreneurs that really understand the healthcare space and are solving the real problems doctors are facing. That may sound like an obvious statement, but according to Dr. Ricky Bloomfield, director of mobile technology strategy at Duke University and Claire Celeste Carnes, partner at Providence Ventures, plenty of entrepreneurs fail that test. Bloomfield...
By Jonah Comstock December 10, 2015
Mobile therapy startup Talkspace is partnering with two universities to validate its text- and video-based mental health services. Talkspace has launched a 500-person study of anxiety, stress, and depression at Columbia University and is in talks to launch a study with Duke of post-traumatic stress disorder. "We’re looking at the efficiency and the efficacy of our modality, which is primarily...
By Jonah Comstock November 5, 2015
The CITY Android app used in the Duke study. Duke University published a study in the journal Obesity this week which shows that, over a two-year period, neither a specially designed mobile app nor a coaching intervention that utilized a mobile app was any more effective in promoting weight loss than the control intervention -- a handful of fliers from a doctor visit. “For some people it did...
By Jonah Comstock December 10, 2014
Duke University and Ochsner Health System in Louisiana are two of the first hospitals to integrate with Apple HealthKit via Epic. At the mHealth Summit in National Harbor, Maryland this week, Duke's Dr. Ricky Bloomfield and Ochsner's Dr. Richard Milani took the stage for a packed Q&A session about the new technologies, applications and opportunities. Here's eight takeaways from the session. 1...