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.
Hepatitis C screening rates double when tests ordered ahead of time
By sending eligible patients a screening order along with the usual reminder, researchers at the Acceleration Lab showed that they could double hepatitis C screening rates. This finding and additional insights from the study, published in BMJ, could inform broader clinical efforts to increase screenings and optimize preventive care for other conditions.
Developing a COVID-19 surveillance system to enable a safe return to campus
In NEJM Catalyst, our team members describe the design, implementation, and continuous improvement of PennOpen Pass - a cost-effective, large-scale COVID-19 surveillance system created to support the safe reopening of Penn and Penn Medicine campuses in 2020.