March 25, 2014The digital health world is buzzing with recent news about a proposed bill to reduce U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) regulation on “low risk” mobile medical technologies, such as health apps for smartphones that provide health education, management and prevention tools for practitioners and patients. The bill, Preventing Regulatory Overreach to Enhance Care Technology (PROTECT) Act of 2014, aims to amend FDA regulatory guidance on mobile health technologies that are of “low risk” to patient safety. Here's what you should know about the bill.
March 4, 2014Many of us care deeply about health disparities and are exploring new ways to reach the more vulnerable groups. These disparities include differences in incidence (new cases), prevalence (all existing cases), death (mortality), survivorship, and overall burden of health conditions that exist among specific population groups. They are found among different racial/ethnic groups and in certain communities and underserved groups, such as rural areas and older people. Why do these health disparities exist? The reasons are complex due to many factors, as Linda Fleisher, PhD, MPH, who leads the Digital Health Initiative at the Center for Injury Research and Prevention at CHOP, explains.
February 4, 2014You can’t deny the fact that Twitter has become a dominant force in the micro-blogging realm. Read why Venk Kandadai, technology manager for the Digital Health Initiative (DHI) at the Center for Injury Research and Prevention (CIRP), thinks Twitter may have the potential to bridge the gap between scientific innovation and effective dissemination.
January 9, 2014Last month I had the pleasure of attending the 5th annual mHealth Summit outside of Washington DC and presenting at its Pharmaceuticals and Life Sciences Roundtable. Over 5,000 people attended, representing a broad array of stakeholders in mHealth (aka “mobile health”) including the federal government, academia, the health care industry, software development, and small business. Across all the great discourse I heard a common theme: that innovations in mHealth, such as health apps for smartphones and web-based health interventions, will only survive in the long-term if they are actually effective at improving health! This got me thinking about how we’re focusing on the letter “E” in our Digital Health research at CIRP@CHOP: through evidence, evaluation, ecosystem, and engagement.
December 9, 2013I'm excited to introduce Research in Action followers to the new Digital Health Initiative at CIRP@CHOP. This new line of research at CIRP is led by Linda Fleisher, PhD, MPH, who has had almost 30 years of experience in health education, health communications, public health program evaluation, and the development and evaluation of health interventions, including web-enabled interventions.Today we feature a Q&A with Dr. Fleisher to introduce her vision for the initiative and look forward to her future blog entries.
October 29, 2013In order to address the most common questions about pediatric concussion that CHOP concussion specialists hear from patients, parents, school and coaches, the Minds Matter team at CIRP@CHOP created eight short videos ranging in length from 1.5 to 3.5 minutes. The videos are simple, direct and provide answers in relatable terms for families.
October 13, 2013CIRP@CHOP's Mark Zonfrillo, MD, MSCE (@safetymd) will be an expert participant in an upcoming Twitter Chat on sports-related head injuries in children. The chat will cover a wide variety of topics including the latest concussion research, advocacy, education about how to protect young athletes, signs and symptoms of concussions, and treatment options.
September 12, 2013New series of infographics and posters provide best-practice state-of-the-science tips on recognizing symptoms and managing youth concussions in terms that youth can understand.
July 2, 2013With summer now in full swing, the unique summer safety needs of children and adolescents are a prevalent topic in the media. As kids spend more time outdoors during their time off from school, we’re seeing greater emphasis on health issues like sun and swim safety in the news, advertising, and social media. Even topics like teen driver safety that receive attention throughout the year have a bit more emphasis in the summer – particularly as research shows the 10 deadliest days for teen drivers occur between Memorial Day and Labor Day. Since many safety organizations are sharing great information and resources via traditional and social media, below is a snapshot of some recent summer safety tips to consider and share.