Quarter 3 of 2018 Shown to be the Biggest Funding Quarter yet for Digital HealthThe third quarter of 2018 was the biggest funding quarter for digital health ever, according to StartUp Health Insights. The research group reported $4.5 billion in digital health funding. “Q3 was the largest digital health funding quarter in the history of our industry. We’re building toward another record year, definitely on track to be the largest year as well,” Katya Hancock, StartUp’s director of strategic partnerships, said at the Digital Health Innovation Summit today in Boston. “We’re seeing more follow-on investments and later stage deals and a steady increase of unique investors — so more people coming into the [digital health] space and an increase in deal sizes.”

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ENABLE Summer Boot Camp Student, Dara Bradley Recently Published at ABRCMS AbstractIn 2017, North Carolina experienced one of the worst influenza seasons on record, with 12,396 citizens testing positive for the disease and 389 flu-related deaths. We predict that socioeconomic factors have a considerable effect on flu contraction and death rates in North Carolina. Understanding which areas are affected most by these societal factors would help with targeted and more effective drug delivery to prevent similarly devastating flu seasons.

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Public-Private Partnerships Will Accelerate Data-Driven DiscoveryBig news came from NIH in July 2018 when they announced their new initiative to develop and test new ways to best implement cloud services in support of biomedical research. Called STRIDES for “Science and Technology Research Infrastructure for Discovery, Experimentation and Sustainability,” the initiative will allow NIH to explore the use of cloud environments to streamline NIH data use. By partnering with commercial cloud service providers, NIH expects to improve access to biomedical data and provide cost-effective cloud infrastructure, data storage, computation, and machine learning services for NIH and NIH-supported investigators.

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HiDAV Boot Camp Students Present on their Summer ProjectsOver the course of the boot camp, students were introduced to a wide range of concepts such as predictive analysis using text mining, analytic model development related to machine learning, and data visualization. To help reinforce engagement and learning of these concepts, our boot camp students were tasked with working together to develop a research project using what they learned from the program, and applying it to an area of interest in healthcare and/or public health. At the end of boot camp, the students gave presentations on their projects and reflected on their experience in gaining critical BMHI skills.

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Handling the Opioid CrisisNew technologies will help to mitigate pain without opiates, track certain chemicals in the body, and connect pharmacies and providers to provide more data on patients.

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