Duke Personalized Health Blog

Role of mHealth in PHC

What is mHealth? Mobile health, or “mHealth,” is used to describe any medical or public health practice supported by a mobile device2. A broad category, mHealth has traditionally encompassed mobile phones, personal digital assistants, and other wireless devices, relying on

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The Importance of Addressing Language Barriers in the US Health System

“What the Scalpel is to the Surgeon, Words are to the Clinician…. the Conversation Between Doctor and Patient Is the Heart of the Practice of Medicine.” – Woloshin S, et al., 1995 Currently, 1 in 15 people living in the

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Traditional Chinese Medicine and Its Clinical Potential to Fight Chronic Pain

As the burden of chronic disease continues to rise, patients and clinicians may seek additional treatment pathways to supplement conventional Western medicine. Trends toward holistic and patient-centered care models increasingly draw treatment-seekers toward non-conventional therapies with a history of use

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Home-based Primary Care: A Personalized Solution for Aging Homebound Adults

As the baby boomer generation continues to age, older individuals will accumulate myriad chronic diseases that impact their mobility and leave them homebound. Therefore, it will be important to devise innovative and cost-effective means for delivering care to homebound individuals.

Preventing Unnecessary ER Visits Using Personalized Health Planning

Each year in the United States, there are 130.4 million visits to the emergency department. These visits, especially nonemergency visits, are costly not only to the patient, but also to the health system. The average cost of an ER visit

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Fix Medical Billing by Reimbursing for Value

Dr. Ralph Snyderman responds to a recent article published in the NYTimes In her NYTimes article, “Those Indecipherable Medical Bills? They’re One Reason Health Care Costs So Much“, Elizabeth Rosenthal amply describes the complex and arcane medical reimbursement system that drives

Treating Congestive Heart Failure at Duke: A Case Study of Delivery and Payment Reform

With rising healthcare costs and a rapidly aging population, finding sustainable and cost-effective ways to address chronic illnesses is one of the most critical pursuits in health care today. One strategy that has demonstrated promising results is Personalized Health Planning

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Precision Medicine World Conference DUKE

The first East Coast Precision Medicine World Conference, the 12th PMWC, will be hosted at Duke University on May 24-25. The conference is co-chaired by Dr. Ralph Snyderman, Chancellor Emeritus, Duke University, and Dr. Geoff Ginsburg, Director of the Duke

Welcome NC CEO Forum Participants

On Friday, February 3rd, Dr. Ralph Snyderman spoke about “Taking Health Personally” at the NC CEO Forum. He introduced the concept of Personalized Health Care, the inflection curve of disease development, personalized health planning, and outlined the role of the

New Article in NEJM Catalyst

On December 28th, Ralph Snyderman, Caroline Meade, and Connor Drake of the Duke Center for Research on Personalized Health Care published an article in NEJM Catalyst’s “Care Redesign” section. The piece, titled “To Adopt Precision Medicine, Redesign Clinical Care” highlights