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08/09/2017

The hunt for behavioral health biomarkers is harnessing digital health at the research stage

Article Excerpt: Digital health companies are going through an interesting transformation as research institutions realize the benefit of their technology to collect and manage data for a host of studies. The biopharma industry’s embrace of some digital health tools to manage the costs of drug development has led to more frequent collaborations with research institutions, particularly in the behavioral health space. It’s not surprising since mental health can influence medication adherence, which can undermine a drug’s effectiveness, but that’s not the only factor at play. There’s also the great hunt for biomarkers and other clues that cognitive assessments can provide in piecing together data that can lead to earlier interventions from depression to schizophrenia.

Full Article: http://tinyurl.com/ybrgh5ul

Article Source: MedCity News

08/02/2017

What stands in the way of precision medicine’s advancement? Inadequate infrastructure for data collection

Article Excerpt: Significant hurdles in healthcare costs, training, and data collection must be cleared before precision medicine is able to transform treatment for cancer patients, according to participants in a panel discussion during the MedCity CONVERGE Conference in Philadelphia this week. The topic, in case you haven’t guessed already: What’s holding back precision medicine?

Full Article: http://tinyurl.com/yd265cfa

Article Source: MedCity News

9 companies will play a huge role in shaping the FDA’s novel approach to digital health

Article Excerpt: As the Food and Drug Administration begins a substantial overhaul of its approach to regulating health technology, a handful of software companies are poised to have a significant impact on the agency’s methodology moving forward.

Full Article: http://tinyurl.com/y9xzl339

Article Source: FierceHealthcare

A Framework for Measuring Digital Health Interoperability

Article Excerpt: Several federal regulations enacted over the past few years specify technical standards required in electronic health record vendor products. Some standards, such as C-CDA, focus on the exchange of clinical summaries and notes, while others, such as SNOMED CT, focus on encoding clinical information with specialized clinical vocabularies. The goal of these technical standards is to improve provider and patient access to health information, and improve patient safety, care provisions and clinical outcomes. While it is more common to know what standards are required, there is little knowledge and transparency about how to implement and measure these standards.

Full Article: http://tinyurl.com/yd2tgkd2

Article Source: HIMSS

07/31/2017

Pain relief most reported reason for misuse of opioid pain relievers

Article Excerpt: More than one third of adults nationwide reported prescription opioid use in 2015, with substantial numbers reporting misuse and use disorders, according to a report compiled to estimate the prevalence of, and explore the motivations for, opioid use and misuse. The data showed that pain relief was most commonly cited as the reason for the misuse of opioids and that close to half of those who misused obtained them free from a family member or friend.

Full Article: http://tinyurl.com/ycjeftu8

Article Source: National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA)

New Senate bill seeks to reduce restrictions on telemedicine use

Article Excerpt: The bill, the Evidence-Based Telehealth Expansion Act of 2017, was introduced late last week and would give the Health and Human Services secretary the authority to waive Medicare restrictions on the kinds of telemedicine it covers — as long as the actuary at the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services concludes it would indeed save money.

Full Article: http://tinyurl.com/y992vxa2

Article Source: MobiHealthNews

07/21/2017

IBM and University of Alberta built AI capable of schizophrenia diagnosis

Article Excerpt: IBM and the University of Alberta have worked together on an AI that can help doctors diagnose the onset of schizophrenia and the severity of the symptoms. The AI does this by analyzing functional MRI (fMRI) scans and looking at blood flow within the brain

Full Article: http://tinyurl.com/y9dnobvg

Article Source: Hardware Zone

07/20/2017

Dignity Health using Google Glass to improve clinical efficiency

Article Excerpt: When Google Glass was first launched, it was targeted primarily to consumers, the idea being that they would be able to access the web within their line of vision utilizing what was billed as sleek and stylish technology. But it may have found new life in professional settings, including healthcare, where clinicians are using it to increase efficiency.

Full Article: http://tinyurl.com/ycw73v64

Article Source: MobiHealthNews