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mHealth Panel: Research Connection LIVE Lunch

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Join the Brigham Digital Innovation Hub at the BRI’s RC Live Lunch this month as we discuss one of the Brigham’s newest research tools for creating mobile apps; mHealth Research App Platform

The Brigham Digital Innovation Hub has created a platform to give researchers the ability to create custom apps in order to enable their research. This app platform helps in speeding the process to initiate new research protocols, recruit and retain participants and simplify data collection, analytics and research operations.

Hear from researchers currently using the mHealth platform, as well as iHub team members who have helped those throughout the process. Register today!

RC LIVE Lunches are open to all researchers at BWH and are connected to the RC e-mail series. Each month, come by and listen to the latest news from BWH research community leaders, ask your questions and stay for a free lunch. 

Meet the Panelists


Robert S. Rudin, PhD
Information Scientist, RAND Corporation

Robert S. Rudin, PhD, is an Information Scientist at the RAND Corporation in Boston, Massachusetts. Dr. Rudin researches health information technology (IT) innovation, combining expertise in informatics, health services research, and health policy. He takes a holistic approach to investigate health IT within the context of health systems, and uses mixed methods research approaches to understand user needs and system constraints, and to design, implement, and evaluate health IT and workflow changes needed for the technology to be effective. He has a particular interest in using health IT to improve communication and coordination among members of a care team including the patient. He has published peer reviewed papers in medical, health informatics, and health policy journals. Prior to RAND, Dr. Rudin worked as a professional software developer for almost 3 years and received a Ph.D. from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.


Yvonne Lee, MD, MMSc
Director of Pain Research, Division of Rheumatology, Brigham and Women's Hospital
Assistant Professor of Medicine, Harvard Medical School

Dr. Lee is the Director of Pain Research in the Division of Rheumatology at Brigham and Women’s Hospital and an Assistant Professor of Medicine at Harvard Medical School. She received her Doctor of Medicine degree from the University of Michigan Medical School and a Masters in Medical Sciences from Harvard Medical School. She completed her residency in internal medicine at Barnes-Jewish Hospital (Washington University in St. Louis) and her fellowship in rheumatology at Brigham and Women’s Hospital.  She is at the forefront of research examining the role of mobile technology for the assessment of pain and other patient reported outcomes in rheumatoid arthritis (RA). She has an investigator-initiated, industry-funded grant to implement a smartphone application (app) + population management system to monitor RA disease activity between scheduled physicians’ visits. As a part of this grant, she has enrolled over 100 RA patients in a pilot study to assess the feasibility and impact of this smartphone app. She is also the Principal Investigator of an NIH-funded study investigating the role of central pain mechanisms in response to disease-modifying antirheumatic drugs for RA.

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Josie Elias, MPH, MBA
Program Manager, Digital Health Innovation
Brigham Digital Innovation Hub

Josie Elias’ focus on technology design and usability arose from many years in small business and disaster response. As the technical project manager for the Partners Healthcare PROMs program, she is responsible for developing and managing the system’s catalog of patient-entered questionnaires in addition to a fleet of 500+ mobile devices. Ms. Elias believes that technology should be a tool for clinicians to simplify their work. And not the work, itself. She brings over 20+ years of experience in business development, product design and manufacturing, and disaster response at small and large organizations. Josie received her MBA from Cornell University and MPH from George Washington University.

Earlier Event: November 14
Digital Research Forum: BCRISP
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