Scripps Translational Science Institute

By Heather Mack March 21, 2017
Teladoc has teamed up with Accolade, an on-demand healthcare concierge provider for employers, health plans and health systems, to help members navigate their telehealth benefits. The integrated service is now available to several of the two companies’ shared clients, and is showing increased utilization of Teladoc’s offerings: When a member is using the Accolade platform, the company’s Health...
By Heather Mack March 20, 2017
Scripps Translational Science Institute and WebMD are launching a new smartphone-based Apple ResearchKit study on pregnant women to improve research as well as resources for expectant mothers. The Healthy Pregnancy Study is built on a newly updated version of WebMD’s popular Pregnancy app, and participants will be asked to anonymously answer questions and share connected device data with...
By Jack McCarthy December 21, 2016
New research shows that automated health tracking using connected devices and apps can improve long-term engagement in health activities, compared with manual tracking. The study, published in the Journal of Medical Internet Research, examined utilization patterns of participants in Walgreens Balance Rewards for healthy choices (BRhc), a self-monitoring program that allows members to track health...
By Heather Mack December 21, 2016
Nature Research has teamed up with Scripps Translational Science Institute to launch a new international journal that will focus on digital health, the organizations announced this week. The journal, npj Digital Medicine, is under the Nature Partner Journal series and will publish original papers and review articles that aim to guide innovation in health tied to digital and mobile technologies...
By Jonah Comstock July 7, 2016
The National Institutes of Health announced a number of partners today who will receive a total of $55 million in grant money for 2016 to build the foundational structures of the White House's Precision Medicine Initiative (PMI). The PMI Cohort Program includes five companies that make up the Participant Technologies Center, which will be responsible for creating mobile apps to enroll, consent,...
By Jonah Comstock May 18, 2016
Aliso Viego, California-based Sentrian's remote patient monitoring program has been in a pilot with COPD patients at Anthem subsidiary CareMore for about six months, Sentrian founder and Chief Medical Officer Jack Kriendler told attendees at the American Telemedicine Association conference in Minneapolis this week. The results are encouraging. [Ed note: To learn more about CareMore's remote...
By Brian Dolan January 20, 2016
News broke earlier this week that Scripps Translational Science Institute’s Wired For Health study showed the digital health monitoring used in the randomized control trial of 160 patients had no impact on outcomes or the cost of care during the first six months. The results were met with a mix of reactions from people working in healthcare who shared their thoughts on Twitter. Some chalked it up...
By Jonah Comstock January 19, 2016
The results are in for the Scripps Translational Science Institute’s Wired For Health study, and there’s no sugar-coating it: they’re disappointing for those working in digital health. The six-month randomized control trial found no short-term benefit in health costs or outcomes for patients monitoring their health with connected devices.  “It was a bit disappointing, but remember, this was the...
By Jonah Comstock November 30, 2015
The Scripps Translational Science Institute is working with Aetna and Johnson & Johnson to launch a trial that will test iRhythm's Zio Patch and the Amiigo activity tracker as possible new ways to screen at-risk populations for atrial fibrillation. "What we really want at the end of this study is to be able to best understand what the right way is to screen high-risk patients for atrial...
By Jonah Comstock May 5, 2015
Mountain View, California-based Amiigo, which makes an activity tracker that raised $580,000 on Indiegogo in 2013, has teamed up with online patient community platform Alliance Health to launch a new study looking at the combined effect of wearables and peer support on heart failure patients. “There are a lot of different questions we can begin to ask related to the value of a social networking...