Penn Medicine

September 2020

Month in Review September 2020

Each month, we round up news stories and publications about work happening at the Acceleration Lab, Center for Digital Health, Nudge Unit, and Way to Health. Want to stay in the know? Subscribe to have the Month in Review sent directly to your inbox.

Top Stories

Designing nudges for success in health care

In a piece for the AMA Journal of Ethics, Mitesh Patel and Joseph Harrison describe how to design successful nudges: (1) Choose the right nudge, (2) Embed your nudge into clinical workflow, (3) Engage the right stakeholders, and (4) Conduct rapid experimentation.

Using PennOpen Pass for the early detection of COVID-19

We were proud to partner with the Center for Health Incentives and Behavioral Economics (CHIBE) and a diverse set of stakeholders from across the University of Pennsylvania and Penn Medicine to develop PennOpen Pass. PennOpen Pass is a daily symptom tracker designed to reduce the risk of COVID-19 spreading within the Penn community. The tool enables early detection of COVID-19 by identifying individuals whose health may be at risk or may pose health risks to others, supporting those individuals to receive assistance with testing, contact tracing, and medical care, and monitoring trends related to COVID-19 to enable timely allocation of resources for campus health and safety.  Learn more about the development and usage of PennOpen Pass to date in the article below.

New initiative launches to dismantle racism and advance health

Bold Solutions is a new initiative led by top health services researchers from across the University of Pennsylvania. The initiative aims to develop, implement, and disseminate a national model for tackling interpersonal, institutional, and structural racism within health care. In partnership with Bold Solutions, Penn LDI is running a call for proposals for projects that seek to address long-standing inequities in health care.

Why wearables are becoming a subscription service

In a new blog post, Mitesh Patel explores what's driving the shift to subscription models for wearable companies like Apple, Fitbit, and Amazon.

David Asch talks COVID-19 response on Passionate Pioneers podcast

On the Passionate Pioneers podcast with Mike Biselli, David Asch shares insight into Penn Medicine's innovative response to COVID-19. The two discuss COVID Watch, a remote monitoring program, and COBALT, a mental health and wellness platform designed specifically for health care workers. To date, more than 5,000 patients have been enrolled in COVID Watch, and COBALT had about 10,000 users in the first few weeks - clearly tapping a previously unmet demand.


Advanced fellowship in health services research

Apply for a two-year fellowship in health services research with the Nudge Unit and the Center for Health Equity Research and Promotion (CHERP) at the VA. Use the link below to access more information about the program and application requirements. The deadline to apply is December 1, 2020.

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