HSL Hosts Carolina’s Very First Digital Health Symposium

By Linda Johnsen March 12, 2018

The Health Sciences Library (HSL) on Friday, February 23rd, hosted Carolina’s very first Digital Health symposium; Digital Health Everywhere. Approximately 90 people from academia, non-profit, government, and industry participated in this day-long event that highlighted current and emerging trends in digital health. 

Elaine Westbrooks speaking at the Digital Health Symposium

Elaine Westbrooks speaking at the Digital Health Symposium

The rapidly evolving world of digital health was the topic of this conference at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill University Libraries on February 23.

Vice Provost for University Libraries, Elaine Westbrooks and Dr. Javed Mostafa, Director of the Carolina Health Informatics Program (CHIP), welcomed attendees to Digital Health Everywhere at Carolina’s Health Sciences Libraries.

The Health Sciences Library offers what is believed to be the first lending library of digital health devices. It also provides campus leadership for the study of digital health. Dr. Mani, Associate University Librarian & Director of the UNC Health Sciences Library, delivered concluding remarks, noting that the symposium demonstrates how the Library uses its resources and expertise to impact health care and health research. The Health Sciences Library intends to offer a larger symposium annually.

In addition to Carolina students, faculty, and library staff members, conference attendees included startups, non-profit research institutions, government and industry.

Javed Mostafa speaking at the Digital Health Symposium

Javed Mostafa speaking at the Digital Health Symposium

Symposium Highlights:
Jason Moore, CEO of Elite HRV, demonstrated how heart rate variability correlates to holistic health across eight different kinds of stressors (emotional, societal, mental, digestive, physical, structural, social, and emotional), and is thus a promising metric for mental and physical wellbeing. The cost of devices have now placed this technology within reach of the average patient, doctor, and researcher.

Rick Hobbs III, MD, Director of UNC School of Medicine Technology in Medical Education Program, and Madison Walls, Project Manager of UNC Emerging Technologies Lab, shared that incorporating augmented reality games when treating patients at UNC Children’s Hospital is contributing to patients’ physical recovery and emotional wellbeing by motivated patients to get out of bed and walk around.

Sarah Singer, PhD Candidate, UNC Department of Rhetoric, Composition, and Literacy Studies, showed how using tools of rhetorical analysis, such as attention, absence, appearance and audience, improves providers’ access to patients, thereby enhancing patients’ understanding of their own health condition.

Allison Lipscomb, MPH, Farmworker Health Program Data Specialist, North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services, talked about how replacing print materials with an mobile application has enabled the Office of Rural Health to better reach rural farmworkers; to assess and bridge the gap of their health information needs.

Registration desk at the Digital Health Symposium

Robert Furberg, MBA|PhD, Senior Clinical Informaticist & Research Technologist of RTI International, highlighted how digital health technologies -from wearables to hearables- are allowing health researchers unprecedented access to study and improve behavioral health interventions, while enabling patients to play a more active role in their own health by means of self-tracking.

Brian Moynihan, MBA|MSIS|MA, Head of Health Technology & Informatics, UNC Health Sciences Library presented on how the UNC Library’s digital health program continues to grow, offering a device collection, consults, expertise, partnerships on research projects, events, and outreach.

Jason Jerald, PhD, Co-Founder & Principal Consultant, NextGen Interactions presented on how Virtual Reality will continue to transform healthcare from multiple directions; from education, medical training, surgery, simulation, and medical visualization.

Video and slides from the presentation are available on the Health Sciences Library’s website: hsl.lib.unc.edu/dhsymposium

Last modified: 03/15/18