COVID-19- Lessons Learned from Italy

While the United Kingdom has the highest registered numbers of deaths from COVID-19, the early warning signals came from Italy. What lessons can we take from this pandemic to ensure…

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Connected Digital Tools in Clinical Research- The Uptick?

  For quantified selfers, leveraging sensors and devices via apps to track health and wellness goals is now second nature. Elite athletes leverage these tools to push for peak performance.…

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When Depression Lingers- Is There an App for That?

  In past blogs, I have written about the value of digital mental health in helping alleviate the burden of depression and anxiety via mindfulness meditation and cognitive behavioral therapy.…

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Digital Health in 2020 Trends and Wishlists

  The last decade saw tremendous development in digital health. With the growing penetration of smartphone ownership globally, having tools at your fingertips to support health and wellness is commonplace.…

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What Aspects of Digital Mental Health Apps Provide Benefit?

  Digital Mental Health apps hold great promise to meet the growing demand for support to alleviate the symptoms of depression and anxiety globally. The newer realm of digital therapeutics…

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Drop Out Rates for Apps- The Right Metric to Track?

A recent annual report from Liftoff cites a 3.6% 30-day retention rate in health and fitness apps and suggests app companies are more focused on acquiring new users over retaining…

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Trusthworthines in Digital Health- An App Checklist

  Recent books like Richard Seymour's "The Twittering Machine" and Shoshana Zuboff's "The Age of Surveillance Capitalism" offer sobering accounts of the impact of over two decades of life in…

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Addressing Youth Mental Health with Digital Tools- Some Considerations

Estimates suggest 1.1 billion people worldwide suffer from mental health disorders. Depression, anxiety, schizophrenia, and substance use are the leading causes of disability amongst working-age adults. Many of these disorders…

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More Opportunities to Leverage Digital Phenotypes- Some Cautions

  In last week's blog post, I wrote about the value of being able to make personalized care recommendations based on the evidence base. The challenge of Randomized Control Trials…

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Beyond Blood- The New Era of Digital Biomarkers

With the Theranos scandal now fading into Silicon Valley lore, the reality of digital biomarkers and the data derived from devices is teeming with information, opportunity and the need for…

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