digital health research

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.

Our 100th Blog Post!

January 14, 2014

I'm proud to note that today's post marks our 100th blog post! We are excited for improvements to our blog this year, but also wanted to take a look back at our most popular blog posts from the last year. They are:

1. A Tragic Mix: Teens Driving Multiple Passengers - On the heels of multiple tragic teen driver deaths in in March 2013, Suzanne Hill suggests how parents can help train their teens to become both safer drivers, as well as passengers, and how teens can discuss ways to support each other in making safer choices.

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.

New Frontiers at CIRP: Introducing the Digital Health Initiative

December 9, 2013
I'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.

Upcoming Twitter Chat on Sports-Related #KidsConcussions

October 13, 2013
CIRP@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.

#TeenSummer! Twitter Chat on Adolescent Summer Safety

June 18, 2013

CIRP@CHOP's Flaura Winston MD, PhD and Mark Zonfrillo, MD, MSCE (@safetymd) will be special guests for an upcoming Twitter Chat on Adolescent Summer Safety! For many teens, summer is just getting underway. But increased time spent outdoors also comes with increased safety concerns: Sun exposure, swimming, biking, and hiking can all increase the risk of various adolescent injuries. 

Digital Age of Injury Prevention Communications

February 21, 2013
For the past 12 years, I’ve worked with brilliant but humble scientists who, typically, prefer to communicate their expertise through the peer-review process of scientific journal publication. This preference has fueled our reputation as a source of reliable evidence-based information on child injury prevention. But it can cause long delays in communication of actionable advice that could save a life. This has led us to debate whether blogging and social media might help our Center share what we learn with stakeholders and fellow researchers more effectively.

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