Mobile and Electronic Health ARC Research Highlighted at University-wide Event

Wearable technology. Text messaging. Apps. Social media. You likely use these technological innovations in your day-to-day life – but did you know they can be used to improve health outcomes?

The intersection between digital innovations and health outcomes was in the spotlight during a recent Boston University “Research on Tap” event that showcased the Mobile and Electronic Health Affinity Research Collaborative (ME-ARC). The event — High Tech and High Touch: Digital Innovations from BU’s Mobile and Electronic Health ARC – was created by Dr. Belinda Borrelli, director and principal investigator of the ME-ARC, and brought together researchers from across BU to deliver micro-talks, followed by an hour of food, wine, and networking.

Thirteen presenters from the ME-ARC, including Dr. Borrelli, gave four-minute talks highlighting their cutting-edge research on the many applications of mobile technology to improve health outcomes. Technological innovations discussed included wearable technology, text messaging, apps, social media, and more, with benefits such as personalizing content to each user, facilitating patient-provider communication, and improving patient attitudes and outcomes. The full list of presentations is available below.

The ME-ARC’s mission is to conduct transdisciplinary, state-of-the-art research and training in mobile and electronic health to improve health and well-being, particularly for underserved populations. In addition to Dr. Borrelli, the ME-ARC has two co-directors: Dr. Lisa Quintiliani from the Department of Medicine, BU School of Medicine and Dr. Tibor Palfai from the Department of Psychological and Brain Sciences, BU College of Arts & Sciences. The ARC also includes a steering committee, external advisory board, trainees, and more than 150 member affiliates across Boston University. Since Dr. Borrelli founded the collaborative in January 2016, the ME-ARC has hosted monthly seminars and yearly symposiums, and has also supported numerous pilot projects. For more information, visit the ME-ARC website. Dr. Borrelli is also the director of the Center for Behavioral Science Research and professor of Health Policy & Health Services Research at the Henry M. Goldman School of Dental Medicine.

“Research on Tap” is a series of signature events hosted by Dr. Gloria Waters, vice president and associate provost for research, and the BU Research Office. More upcoming research events are available on the BU Research website.

Research Presentations:

  • Motivating Health Behavior Change Using Mobile and Electronic Health
    Belinda Borrelli, PhD, Professor, Department of Health Policy & Health Services Research
  • Weight Management for Breast Cancer Survivors using mHealth
    Lisa Quintiliani, PhD, Assistant Professor, Department of Medicine
  • Mobile Health Approaches to Address Hazardous Alcohol Use: Multi-media Messaging Adjuncts to Brief Interventions
    Tibor Palfai, PhD Professor, Department of Psychological & Brain Sciences
  • Connected Health Improves Rehab Outcomes in Patients with Parkinson Disease
    Terry Ellis, PhD, PT, NCS, Assistant Professor, Department of Physical Therapy & Athletic Training, Programs in Physical Therapy
  • The Promise of Digital Phenotyping for Mobile Health
    Dan Fulford, PhD, Assistant Professor, Department of Occupational Therapy, Department of Psychological & Brain Sciences
  • Leveraging Social Network Analysis to Identify Hubs of Health (Mis-)Information
    Jacob Groshek, PhD, Associate Professor, Department of Emerging Media Studies
  • Solving the World’s Antibiotic Resistance Problem – What if…………………?
    Patricia Hibberd, MD, PhD, Professor, Department of Global Health
  • mHealth Physical Activity Intervention for People with Knee Osteoarthritis and Comorbidities
    Deepak Kumar, PT, PhD, OCS, Assistant Professor, Department of Physical Therapy & Athletic Training
  • Electronic Framingham Heart Study (eFHS): mHealth technologies to help people improve their health
    Joanne Murabito, MD, Professor, Department of Medicine
  • Smartphone Relapse Prevention Tool for Latinx Spanish Speakers
    Jordana Muroff, PhD, Associate Professor, Department of Clinical Practice
  • Research in Health Literacy
    Michael Paasche-Orlow, MD, Professor, Department of Medicine
  • Learning from Medical Data to Predict and Intervene
    Yannis Paschalidis, PhD, Professor, Department of Electrical & Computer Engineering
  • Real-time factors influencing poly-tobacco product use
    Craig Ross, PhD, Assistant Professor, Department of Epidemiology

Submitted by GSDM Communications.

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