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We conduct multidisciplinary research at the intersection of social media, mobile technology, and health.

Stay up to date with the latest news and research on health care and social and mobile media on our blog.

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Learn more about featured research underway at the Penn Social Media and Health Innovation Lab.

Latest Blog Posts

Add "boredom detector" to the seemingly endless list of things your smartphone can do. A group of researchers say they've developed an algorithm that can suss this out by looking at your mobile... Continue reading
Haven't gotten your flu shot yet? On Thursday, you can order one up using Uber. Customers who normally use the Uber smartphone app to call for a ride will be able to request a flu shot -- and a nurse... Continue reading
My 18-year-old daughter knows exactly when it will be that time of the month. Since June, she’s been plugging the dates of her menstrual cycle into a popular period tracking app called Clue, and has... Continue reading


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The Penn Medicine Center for Health Care Innovation engages interdisciplinary teams to reimagine health care delivery for dramatically better value and patient outcomes.

The Leonard Davis Institute of Health Economics (LDI) is Penn's center for research, policy analysis, and education in health systems. Its 200 Senior Fellows analyze the medical, economic, and social issues that influence how health care is organized, financed, managed, and delivered across the U.S.

We are passionate about pursuing impactful research and eager to explore opportunities that will enable a culture of social media and health innovation at Penn, Penn Medicine, and beyond.  Have an idea for a project?  Interested in collaboration?  Click here to learn more about how to contact us.