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The National Institutes of Health has announced three Requests for Applications (RFA) for training in biomedical big data science.
According to an announcement, each of the opportunities has a goal of training more researchers who will use new Big Data technologies, methods and tools. Training is expected across three major scientific areas: computer science or informatics, statistics and mathematics, and biomedical science.
BD2K is a trans-NIH initiative that aims to support advances in data science, other quantitative sciences, policy, and training that are needed for the effective use of big data in biomedical research.
Wireless Health 2016 has extended the deadline for submission of papers until 12:00 a.m.m PDT on May 30.
Wireless Health 2016 invites cutting edge wireless, connected and mobile health research from engineering, computer science, artificial intelligence, data analytics, biomedical and health disciplines. The unique mission of the Wireless Health conference, hosted again this year at the National Institutes of Health (NIH), is to develop an international community to accelerate the development and adoption of new wireless, mobile and connected technologies designed to improve the quality and accessibility of health care interventions and promote public health.
Wireless Health 2016 will be held October 26-27 at NIH.
Data analytics, precision medicine and the role they will play in healthcare in the future were the topics at an event hosted by Bloomberg Government and SAP Public Services on April 26.
The event, held in Washington, D.C., featured leaders from the private and public sectors, to discuss genomics, bioinformatics data, synchronization of electronic health records and patients' privacy protection.
A study by a team of Army researchers found that the success of mHealth devices is dependent on the level of patient engagement. The study examined the effectiveness of an mHealth communications app called mCare. mCare is used to facilitate conversations between renabililtating soldiers and their care teams.
Overall, the researchers found the mHealth tools helped to improve patient well-being but that the success of the app varied according to patient background and level of engagement.
Applications are being sought for the first annual Health Data Exploration Project Summer Institutes scheduled for July 10-16 in San Diego, California.
The HDE Summer Institute is an intensive, 1-week training institute on personal health data research methods for doctoral students and postdoctoral scholars. Approximately 30 participants will be chosen by competitive application from a variety of relevant disciplines including public health, medicine, informatics, human-computer interaction, computer science, data science, and design. The application deadline is April 18.
The National Institutes of Health has selected Eric Dishman to head the Precision Medicine Initiative (PMI) Cohort Program. The PMI Cohort Program seeks to extend precision medicine to all diseases by building a national research cohort of at least 1 million U.S. participants. The cohort is a key element of President Obama's Precision Medicine Initiative, announced in January 2015.
PMI takes into account individual variability in genes, environment and lifestyle when designing treatment for disease. By taking into account the biological, environmental and behavioral influences on on diseases, researchers hope to enable a new era of medicine in which researchers, providers and patients work together to develop individualized treatment plans.
The Mood Challenge, funded by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, is asking researchers, technologists and data scientists to submit proposals for ResearchKit Astudies to examine mood and its relationship to daily life, health and well-being.
Interested researchers can register for an April 19 informational webinar. Proposals are due May 22, and semifinalists will be announced in July. Finalists will be announced in October and the winner announced in May 2017.
The World Health Organization's mHealth Technical Evidence Review Group has developed a mHealth Evidence and Reporting Assessment (mERA) checklist.
According to a paper in The BMJ, "The mHealth Evidence and Reporting (mERA) checklist was developed as a checklist of items which could be applied by authors developing manuscripts that aim to report on the effectiveness of mHealth interventions and by peer reviewers and journal editors reviewing such evidence."
The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) has created an online tool that will help developers of health-related mobile apps to understand what federal laws and rules may apply to their apps.
“Mobile app developers need clear information about the laws that apply to their health-related products,” said Jessica Rich, director of the FTC’s Bureau of Consumer Protection, said in a press release. “By working with our partner agencies, we’re helping these businesses build apps that comply with the law and provide more protection for consumers.”
The U.S. Department of State and the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) have announced the selection of 102 semifinalists in the 2016 Tech-I Global Pitch Competition. Until May 1, the semifinalists’ 90-second pitch videos will be put to a global online vote to help determine the thirty finalists who will pitch at the 2016 Global Entrepreneurship Summit (GES 2016), June 23-24 in Silicon Valley, CA.
According to a press release, the semifinalists represent 51 emerging economies, including 11 economies that are eligible for the first time in the U.S. Department of State's Global Innovation through Science and Technology (GIST) Initiative.
Researchers with an interest in using data to address a social or policy issue are invited to participate in a Grand Data Challenge posed by the 2016 International Conference on Social Computing, Behavioral-Cultural Modeling, & Prediction and Behavior Representation in Modeling and Simulation.
"Fundamental research problems exist in how to fuse data, how to identify the relevant portions of the data, how assess change in the data, how to sample the data, and how to visualize the data. These issues must be met to advance social theorizing and improve policy analysis," according to the challenge overview. "This year’s SBP-BRiMS challenge problem invites you to take part in addressing one or more of these challenges."
The Elsevier Journal of Future Generation Computer Systems (Impact Factor: 2.8) has issued a call for papers for a special issue on Internet-of-Things and Big Data for Smarter Healthcare: From Device to Architecture, Applications and Analytics.
According to the announcement:
The interaction between technology and healthcare has a long history. However, the rapid growth of Internet of Things (IoT) and Big Data, as well as the public embracement of miniature wearable biosensors have generated new opportunities for personalized eHealth and mHealth services. The advantages of these services include the availability and accessibility, ability to personalize and tailor content, and cost-effective delivery.
(This article is one in a series of occasional profiles of mHealth-related research projects. If you would like to have your project featured on mHealthHUB, please contact us.)
The Health Data Exploration (HDE) Project is working to utilize personal health data (PHD) for the public good – that is, help people better understand their health by making better use of the information they already gather every day.
According to its mission statement, the project wants to make use of the individual’s “digital footprints,” data everyone collects actively and passively as they go about their day. This data can be aggregated, analyzed and used to “fill in gaps in more traditional clinical or public health data collection, giving us a more complete picture of health.”
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The use of wearables and mobile apps by U.S. consumers has doubled in the past 2 years, according to a survey by Accenture.
Accenture surveyed 8,000 consumers in 7 countries, including about 2,225 in the United States. Among the findings released last week were that the number of consumers in the U.S. who use mobile health apps increased from 16% in 2004 to 33% in 2016. The number of consumers using health wearables rose from 9 percent to 21 percent during the same time.