Lessons for the digital transformation of health care
Penn Medicine needed to scale telemedicine rapidly to ensure access while reducing infection risk amid the COVID-19 pandemic.
In Healthcare: The Journal of Delivery Science and Innovation, members of our team describe their process to rapidly develop and deploy Switchboard, a novel EHR-integrated web application equipped to facilitate secure virtual visits between providers and patients.
Exploring the effect of gamification with and without financial incentives
In JAMA Network Open, researchers from the Nudge Unit and the Center for Digital Health discuss how an intervention that leveraged gamification and financial incentives increased physical activity among veterans who were overweight or obese. The combination of gamification and financial incentives led to an increase of 1,200 steps per day and outperformed gamification alone.
Higher COVID-19 mortality among Black patients linked to unequal hospital quality
A study led by researchers at Penn found that Black patients with COVID-19 have higher hospital mortality or discharge to hospice than White patients, largely because Black patients are more likely to be admitted to hospitals with worse outcomes for all.
In the Washington Post, David Asch and Rachel Werner discuss the structural inequalities that result in disproportionate levels of care for Black patients and propose policies to stop the cycle of disadvantage.
A new study published in the Journal for Adolescent Health led by researchers at the Center for Digital Health characterizes content posted and shared by users on TikTok with the #coronavirus hashtag in the first several months of the pandemic.
Analyzing TikTok videos and other social media platforms can help inform public health messaging and mitigation strategies, and gauge public sentiment and knowledge.
Our flagship program, the Innovation Accelerator, supports faculty and staff from across Penn Medicine in their efforts to develop, test, and implement new approaches to improve health care delivery and patient outcomes.
This year's projects are focused on improving sleep for hospitalized neurology patients, reducing admissions among patients discharged with enteral nutrition, and optimizing gynecologic oncology care.