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Integrating mental health into primary care: an idea ready for the mainstream

Friday, November 8, 2013


Image courtesy of At, we hope for a future where mental health is central to managing a community’s health. As we discussed in our last post, addressing mental health is particularly crucial for helping patients manage other chronic … Continue reading

A successful weight loss app? Towards evidence-based medicine for mobile health

Tuesday, April 9, 2013


I’m quite excited about the results of a new clinical trial published in the January 28th issue of JAMA Internal Medicine (formerly known as “Archives of Internal Medicine”). The study, titled “Integrating Technology into Standard Weight Loss Treatment”, is by … Continue reading

Mobile Health, a Key Partner in Health Care Reform

Monday, September 10, 2012


 The United States spends vastly more money than any other country in the world on health care, yet we still lag behind on key health indicators like life expectancy, access to health care, or meeting standard clinical guidelines. The Affordable Care Act is an … Continue reading

Tracking What Matters: Incorporating Psychosocial Data into Electronic Health Records

Wednesday, April 18, 2012


Electronic health records (EHR) are a fantastic tool for physicians. They simplify patient care by keeping track of things like proper medication dosage or changing lab values. While EHRs free physicians from the constraint of paper, they cannot escape certain … Continue reading

Capturing Patient Reported Outcomes to Improve Quality of Life

Wednesday, March 28, 2012


Traditionally, when you visit a doctor’s office and report an injury or a sickness, you provide a momentary snapshot of your health. Or at least, what you remember or feel while in the office. But the digital health movement will … Continue reading