Duke University

By Jonah Comstock 10:22 am 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 09:24 am 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...
By Jonah Comstock 08:28 am November 12, 2014
Philips and Duke University School of Nursing will be piloting a new remote monitoring technology for premature babies, the companies announced today. The study will use Philips' recently FDA-cleared InnerSense device, a feeding tube which doubles as a core temperature sensor, to monitor the infants for signs of hypothermia. The tube connects via a cord to a Philips bedside monitor. "Monitoring...
By Jonah Comstock 06:22 am November 6, 2014
Ginger.io, a health startup focused on passive data collection through smartphones, announced a number of high profile clinical pilots that have been quietly employing its technology. Ginger.io is now working with UC San Francisco, Partners HealthCare (Massachusetts General Hospital, Brigham and Women’s Hospital, and McLean Hospital), Duke University, UC Davis and University of Nebraska Medical...
By Aditi Pai 03:00 am January 9, 2014
Boston-based Akili Interactive Labs partnered with Pfizer to conduct a study of Akili's iOS-based game, Project Evo, in the hopes of using the game to detect indications of Alzheimer's in healthy individuals. The month-long study of 100 participants includes a mix of some who have risk markers of potentially developing Alzheimer's and some who do not. All participants will take the game home and...
By Neil Versel 04:21 am August 7, 2012
Collecting patient histories on iPads has reduced physician documentation time by 17 percent at Duke University oncology clinics and has led to more productive exams and consultations, according to the head of a major management consulting firm. Writing for the Economist Group's Lean Back 2.0 column, Boston Consulting Group Managing Director Paul Zwillenberg describes how Apple's iconic tablet,...
By Brian Dolan 05:39 am April 18, 2012
Verizon Communications has inked a deal with Dr. Patrick Soon-Shiong's NantWorks to collaborate on a series of initiatives, beginning with an integrated information infrastructure that improves the treatment of cancer by equipping healthcare providers with the most up-to-date treatment protocols for specific cancer conditions right from their mobile devices. This first collaboration is called the...
By Chris Gullo 07:38 am October 5, 2011
Verizon and Duke University announced this week a multi-year strategic agreement for research and development on health information technology (HIT) initiatives. The first projects could focus on mobile health applications and consumer health care education. Verizon will contribute the necessary computing infrastructure and handle operations for the projects. The telecom will also provide some of...
By Brian Dolan 01:37 am September 17, 2009
BlackBerry-maker Research In Motion’s Fraser Edward made a poignant comment this week to a Canadian newspaper: “Right now information is a bit fragmented and not quite synchronized, but in time it will all be seamless. Then smartphones will truly break the barriers between hospitals and home care. The next couple of years will be about gluing it all together.” If smartphones or wireless sensors...
By Brian Dolan 02:45 am September 10, 2009
"You can enable ubiquitous [wireless health] sensing, but without a services and disease management workflow system in place, who is this data going to?" Duke University Adjunct Associate Professor Gopal Chopra explained to Mobihealthnews in a recent interview. "Who will interpret it? If there are algorithms involved with telling users what to do, well, who is overseeing that? There's risk in...