mHealth/eHealth

Questioning the Who, What and How of Digital Health Regulation

March 25, 2014
The 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.

Using Digital Health Research to Overcome Health Disparities

March 4, 2014
Many 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.

Twitter’s Potential for Scalable Outreach

February 4, 2014
You 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.

Gimme an “E” for Digital Health Research

January 9, 2014
Last 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.

Summer Safety a Hot Topic in Pediatric Injury Prevention

July 2, 2013
With 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.
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