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By Aditi Pai March 31, 2016
Last year, The University of San Diego’s California Institute for Telecommunications and Information Technology's (Calit2) data sharing initiative, called Health Data Exploration (HDE), awarded a total of $200,000 to five projects that aim to use aggregated personal health data to advance research. Now, the five HDE projects have released results from their first year. Calit2, which received the...
By Aditi Pai February 19, 2015
The University of San Diego’s California Institute for Telecommunications and Information Technology's (Calit2) data sharing initiative, called Health Data Exploration (HDE), has awarded a total of $200,000 to five projects that aim to use aggregated personal health data to advance research. Some of the projects involve big digital health names like Fitbit, RunKeeper, and PatientsLikeMe. Calit2,...
By Jonah Comstock July 29, 2014
A new longitudinal study of the microbiome from researchers at Harvard and MIT demonstrates how the ubiquity of a smartphone enables research that would have been much more difficult previously. In the study, two patients tracked a number of health factors on an iPhone app for a year and also took stool samples almost every day. Researchers analyzed the bacteria in the stool samples alongside the...
By Aditi Pai June 26, 2014
Facebook may be an effective medium to deliver theory-based weight loss content to college students, according to a randomized control trial of 404 students conducted by a group of researchers at the Center for Wireless and Population Health Systems, a division of The California Institute for Telecommunications and Information Technology (Calit2). According to results from the study, the program...
By Aditi Pai June 2, 2014
The Health Data Exploration project, developed at the University of California San Diego and the University of California Irvine, received a $1.9 million grant from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF). Funds from the grant will be used to build out the Health Data Exploration's network of  researchers, scientists, companies that want to experiment with and analyze personal health data. "We...
By Aditi Pai April 21, 2014
Researchers for UCSD's Happiness study Earlier this year, Twitter announced that it would provide six data grants to researchers looking to access its vast archives for big data insights. Last week, Twitter selected six proposals out of the 1,300 entries and three teams, HealthMaps, University of Twente, and UCSD, had health-related projects. HealthMaps is a project from Boston Children's...
By Brian Dolan March 13, 2014
As the number of self-tracking health and fitness tools available to consumers continues to climb, a persistent question has been whether the data they collect might be useful to health researchers. Along with that: Are people who self-track comfortable sharing their data with researchers? A new, must-read report from San Diego's California Institute for Telecommunications and Information...
By Jonah Comstock May 29, 2013
The Fitbit Flex. The University of San Diego's California Institute for Telecommunications and Information Technology (Calit2), with the support of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, is teaming up with major quantified self thought leaders to launch Health Data Exploration, an initiative aimed at convincing the companies that make tracking devices, connected health devices, and fitness apps...
By Brian Dolan October 2, 2009
Larry Smarr, Institute Director at Calit2 (California Institute for Telecommunications and Information Technology) has big ideas for the digital transformation of healthcare over the next decade and he plans to leverage Calit2's resources to push the trend forward, according to a report from Xconomy. Smarr said he's pushing the digital transformation of healthcare along with similar...