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 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.
Gamification boosts physical activity among diabetes patients
By making a game out of getting their daily steps, new research from the Nudge Unit indicates that people with Type 2 diabetes could be nudged toward increasing their physical activity, with changes lasting for a full year.
Consumer views on using digital data to help control COVID-19
A study led by researchers at the Center for Digital Health found that even amid the current pandemic, most U.S. consumers are opposed to their information being used on digital platforms to mitigate the transmission of COVID-19. The study, published in JAMA Network Open, suggests that further efforts are required by public health departments to gain public trust for data usage.