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October 2017


Thank you to everyone who attended today's event, Adherence Interventions Using mHealth and Financial Incentives.

Please look for slides on the events page.


September 2017


We thought this event with RAG member Dr. Flaura Winston may be of interest:

Pushing Boundaries in Public Health: Precision, Prevention, and Entrepreneurship
Thursday, November 16, 2017 at 12:00 PM | Lunch Provided 
Amado Recital Hall in Irvine Auditorium

How do we push boundaries in public health to improve health outcomes? What is "Precision Prevention" and how has it contributed to the dramatic public health achievements for children over the past 100 years? These questions will be addressed in a talk by Dr. Flaura Winston, Distinguished Chair of Pediatrics at The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia. She will draw from her successes in the field of pediatric injury prevention, and describe a public health future that is built on a tiered risk framework -Precision Prevention - that goes beyond universal level interventions in order to meet the needs of those at highest risk. Throughout her talk, Dr. Winston will emphasize the importance of public health entrepreneurship to ensure successful and sustainable implementation.
Flaura Koplin Winston, MD PhD is an internationally recognized, Board-certified, practicing pediatrician, a doctorally-trained engineer, a public health researcher, Scientific Director of the Center for Injury Research and Prevention and Science, Director, National Science Foundation Center for Child Injury Prevention Studies, and Medical Advisor for Innovation at The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP) and a professor of pediatrics at the University of Pennsylvania.

Register here:$$/e/pushing-boundaries-in-public-health-precision-prevention-and-entrepreneurship-tickets-38045049768


June 2017


Thank you to everyone who attended today's event, mHealth Research at CHOP: Where have we been and where are we headed?

Please look for slides and notes from our discussion on the events page.



Thank you to Nalaka Gootneratne, MD and Mauricio Novelo for their presentation today on the Penn mHealth Service.


May 2017


Did you know CHOP IS has developed a Mobile Starter Kit (aka Sherpa)? You can access it and other resources on the IS Mobile Development Solutions @CHOP site:


Submit your idea for a project that leverages digital data to improve health care
Submission Deadline: June 8th, 2017 at 12:00 p.m.
Award: Up to $10,000 in seed funding and advising support from CDH

Digital data from smartphone applications, electronic health records, activity trackers and other internet-connected technologies provide insight into what patients need to advance or maintain their health, while digital technologies provide opportunities for health systems to deliver on those needs.
With this in mind, the newly launched Penn Medicine Center for Digital Health (CDH) is hosting a competition to crowdsource ideas for projects in which digital data could be leveraged to:
Improve outcomes;
Increase patient engagement;
Reduce inefficiencies in care delivery;
Or increase patient or caregiver satisfaction.
Submitters of winning ideas will receive up to $10,000 in seed funding as well as advising support from CDH staff to move their work forward.
Faculty and staff from the Penn Medicine and University of Pennsylvania community are invited to submit ideas for projects here.

Questions? Email


April 2017


We came across this webinar about projects using Apple's ResearchKit and thought our members may be interested in how others have used these tools.

"Mobile Research Apps: Learn how Stanford, Johns Hopkins, Rochester are Mobile-izing Research Data Collection"


Upcoming Penn event:

Please join the Penn Medicine Center for Health Care Innovation mHealth Labs Program for their demo day on Wednesday April 26 from 12:00 to 1:30 PM at the Perelman Center for Advanced Medicine (PCAM) 15th Floor Collaboration Space.  This will be a wonderful opportunity to come see the technology built by Penn Medicine faculty and University of Pennsylvania students throughout the 2016-2017 academic year.  Please RSVP here.  Lunch will be provided. Please contact Damien Leri for more information.

List of the 9 current projects.


Thank you to everyone who attended today's Works in Progress meeting "Mobile delivery of adolescent sexual health interventions," with Tiffany Montgomery, PhD,RNC-OB, C-EFM, Anne Teitleman, PhD, FNP-BC, FAANP, FAAN and Kristen Feemster, MD, MPH, MSPHR!

March 2017


To follow-up on our event last November, when we welcomed Christopher Cushing, PhD from the University of Kansas, please see his latest research on pediatric mHealth in today's issue of JAMA Peds:

Fedele DA, Cushing CC, Fritz A, Amaro CM, Ortega A. Mobile Health Interventions for Improving Health Outcomes in Youth: A Meta-analysis. JAMA Pediatr. Published online March 20, 2017. doi:10.1001/jamapediatrics.2017.0042


Upcoming CHOP event:

The Office of Technology Transfer presents,
Q&A Session for Science Center’s QED Proof-of-Concept Program
March 21, 2017
12 pm – 1 pm
CTRB Room 9040

Science Center’s QED Proof-of-Concept Program provides business development support and bridge funding for academic researchers developing early-stage life science and healthcare IT technologies.
The panel of guest speakers includes the QED Program Manager, one of last year’s participants and one of the program’s business mentor, who has a life science background.
It would be a great event to attend even if you’re just in the imagination stage of spinning off your mHealth creation into a start-up.
If you have additional questions, please contact Sarah O’Connor,


February 2017


The mHealth and Global Health Research Affinity Groups were profiled in the CHOP 2016 Research Annual Report.


Thanks to all who attended today's panel discussion: "Intellectual Property, Commercialization, and Tech Transfer Considerations in mHealth Research." Zev Sunlief, Gelvina Rodriguez Stevenson, and Patrick Fitzgerald provided an overview of many of the factors investigators should expect to encounter as they develop new applications. Investigators with specific questions are encouraged to contact the panelists to discuss their particular concerns. The Office of Entrepreneurship and Innovation also holds office hours each Friday, 10-11am.


January 2017

To follow-up on our event last June, when we welcomed Raina Merchant, MD to talk about her work at the Social Media Lab and Dan O'Connor to talk about the development of the Sarcoidosis ResearchKit App:

Penn Medicine Launches First Apple ResearchKit App for Sarcoidosis Patients

Tweeting the Way to Health: Penn Medicine Launches Center for Digital Health


December 2016


We thought this article may be of interest...

Many Mobile Health Apps Target High-Need, High-Cost Populations, But Gaps Remain

With rising smartphone ownership, mobile health applications (mHealth apps) have the potential to support high-need, high-cost populations in managing their health. While the number of available mHealth apps has grown substantially, no clear strategy has emerged on how providers should evaluate and recommend such apps to patients. Key stakeholders, including medical professional societies, insurers, and policy makers, have largely avoided formally recommending apps, which forces patients to obtain recommendations from other sources. To help stakeholders overcome barriers to reviewing and recommending apps, we evaluated 137 patient-facing mHealth apps—those intended for use by patients to manage their health—that were highly rated by consumers and recommended by experts and that targeted high-need, high-cost populations. We found that there is a wide variety of apps in the marketplace but that few apps address the needs of the patients who could benefit the most. We also found that consumers’ ratings were poor indications of apps’ clinical utility or usability and that most apps did not respond appropriately when a user entered potentially dangerous health information. Going forward, data privacy and security will continue to be major concerns in the dissemination of mHealth apps.



Come hear Dr. Dowshen present at the CPHI seminar: Developing eHealth Apps for Sexual and Gender Minority Youth: A Tale of Two Cities. Tuesday, December 13, 2016 from 12-1:30pm. Claudia Cohen Hall Class of '55 Terrace Room. Register here​. (

 Description of the event:

José Bauermeister, PhD, MPH is the Penn Presidential Associate Professor of Nursing at the University of Pennsylvania. He directs the Program on Sexuality, Technology and Action Research (PSTAR) at the School of Nursing. Nadia Dowshen, MD is a pediatrician and adolescent medicine specialist who serves as Director of Adolescent HIV Services in the Craig-Dalsimer Division of Adolescent Medicine at The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP). She is also an Assistant Professor of Pediatrics in the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania. Both Bauermeister and Dowshen have experience in the development process of building mHealth apps for men who have sex with men (MSM) and trans-gender populations in the cities of Detroit and Philadelphia. This process and challenges will be discussed.


2017 mHealth Training Institute @UCLA

 August 6 -11 2017

 Application Deadline: Sunday, January 29, 2017.

 Registration is now open for the 2017 mHealth Training Institute (mHTI) to be held at the University of California, Los Angeles (

 The premier training institute of its kind, the NIH-funded mHTI seeks to develop the next-generation of academic mHealth researchers. The unique transdisciplinary incubator brings together researchers from disparate backgrounds for a week-long, immersive, residential boot-camp in all things mHealth. Beyond providing the participants with a core educational grounding in transdisciplinary perspectives and methodologies essential to mHealth innovation, the mHTI seeks to inculcate the intrapersonal and interpersonal skills and connections necessary for cross-cutting research. Distinctive elements include: a) transdisciplinary faculty comprising of academic, industry and NIH thought-leaders with mHealth training priors and a deep commitment to educating the next generation of transdisciplinary mHealth researchers, (b) Problem-based, team-science projects that build on the didactic core and allow trainees from disparate disciplines to apply their expertise jointly to a specific health problem, (c) Multi-mentoring of each team by experienced mentors from different disciplines and (d) Training in soft skills essential for academic success. Unstructured free-time and social networking events help seed new connections and foster long-term collaborations. The team capstone projects result in formal NIH grant proposals.

 There are no registration fees and the selected scholars will be provided with lodging and boarding at the UCLA Luskin Conference Center and receive a travel subsidy.

 More details on the UCLA mHTI’s and the application process for the 2017 mHTI are available at:



Subject: Biostatistics Faculty Recruitment seminar, Dr. Ian Barnett, Tues., Dec. 6 at 3:30 PM

Ian Barnett, PhD, a biostatistics faculty candidate and postdoctoral researcher in the Department of Biostatistics at the Harvard , will present a seminar entitled “Using smartphone-based digital phenotyping to improve mental health” ” on Tuesday, December 6 from 3:30-4:30 p.m. in the Brian L. Strom Conference Room, 701 Blockley Hall. 



We thought this article may be of interest...

Can Mobile Phone Apps Influence People’s Health Behavior Change? An Evidence Review

Conclusions: Our results provide a snapshot of the current evidence of effectiveness for a range of health-related apps. Large sample, high-quality, adequately powered, randomized controlled trials are required. In light of the bias evident in the included studies, better reporting of health-related app interventions is also required. The widespread adoption of mobile phones highlights a significant opportunity to impact health behaviors globally, particularly in low- and middle-income countries.


November 2016

Thank you to Dr. Cushing of the University of Kansas for his presentation, “Precision Medicine: Methods and Measures for Realizing the Potential of mHealth”! If you missed it, or you would like to learn more about the topics he discussed, Dr. Cushing has a recommended reading list:

Brannon, E. E., Cushing, C. C., Crick, C. J., & Mitchell, T. B. (2016). The promise of wearable sensors and ecological momentary assessment measures for dynamical systems modeling in adolescents: a feasibility and acceptability study. Translational Behavioral Medicine6(4), 558-565.

Nahum-Shani, I., Smith, S. N., Spring, B. J., Collins, L. M., Witkiewitz, K., Tewari, A., & Murphy, S. A. (2016). Just-in-Time Adaptive Interventions (JITAIs) in Mobile Health: Key Components and Design Principles for Ongoing Health Behavior Support. Annals of Behavioral Medicine, 1-17.

Brannon, E. E., & Cushing, C. C. (2014). Is there an app for that? Translational science of pediatric behavior change for physical activity and dietary interventions: a systematic review. J Pediatr Psychol40, 373-384.

Cushing, C. C., Walters, R. W., & Hoffman, L. (2013). Aggregated N-of-1 randomized controlled trials: Modern data analytics applied to a clinically valid method of intervention effectiveness. Journal of pediatric psychology, jst083.

Riley, W. T., Rivera, D. E., Atienza, A. A., Nilsen, W., Allison, S. M., & Mermelstein, R. (2011). Health behavior models in the age of mobile interventions: are our theories up to the task?. Translational behavioral medicine1(1), 53-71.

 Cushing, C. C., & Steele, R. G. (2010). A meta-analytic review of eHealth interventions for pediatric health promoting and maintaining behaviors. Journal of pediatric psychology, jsq023.


October 2016

Read about some of the projects highlighted in our recent Showcase in this feature in the current Bench to Bedside:

September 2016

We were truly thrilled to present a showcase of pediatric mHealth Research Projects to the CHOP and Penn communities. The work being done in this space is innovative, exciting and important! We extend our gratitude and great appreciation to all of our exhibitors for sharing their experiences and expertise, demonstrating their projects, and showing the breadth of mHealth research that is taking place here at our institutions.  Please see our program posted here. If you were able to attend the showcase, would you take two minutes to complete a very brief online evaluation survey? Your feedback is tremendously valuable in planning future events.


June 2016

We are thrilled to have received kudos for our work!

February 2016

We have liftoff!

Please read about the mHealth RAG in this Bench to Bedside: