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Category: Behavioral Therapies

Innovation is key to solving America’s health-care problems

Article Excerpt: As politicians debate who should pay for America’s declining health and ever-increasing cost of health care, they are overlooking the key to simultaneously improving the health of Americans and cutting costs: innovation.

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Article Source: CNBC


Mental health: challenges and perspectives in Colombia – Livestream

Dr. Leonardo Cubillos, Dartmouth co-investigator on the NIMH funded Latin American Mental Health project, will give a talk organized by the leadership of the government in Colombia. This meeting is intended to inform intersectoral policy in Colombia to improve the planning, financing and delivery of mental health services in the country. 

Multiple-PI Dr. Carlos Gómez Restrepo (Psychiatrist and Dean Faculty of Medicine – Pontificia Universidad Javeriana) and co-investigator Dr. José Miguel Uribe Restrepo (Consultant, World Bank) will also speak at this meeting.

Full details are as follows:

Mental health: challenges and perspectives in Colombia
December 6, 2017 8:30 am – 1:00 pm
Transmission via streaming at

Hotel Cosmos 100 – Bogotá

Free admission – previous registration

The National Planning Department and the Ministry of Health of Colombia, with the support of the World Bank, invite the Forum: Mental health: challenges and perspectives, with the participation of national and international experts. This space seeks to collect different perspectives for the formulation of a national mental health policy in the country.

The themes and speakers are:

  • Mental health in the global perspective of development
    Dr. Roberto Iunes. Senior Economist- World Bank
  • Mental health in Colombia: 2017
    Dr. Carlos Gómez Restrepo. Psychiatrist. Dean Faculty of Medicine – Pontificia Universidad Javeriana
  • Panorama of coexistence in Colombia
    Dr. Estela Baracaldo Méndez. Expert in Coexistence and Citizen Security
  • Mental health and social inclusion
    Fabiola Lozano. Colombian Association against depression and panic
  • The situation of the consumption of psychoactive substances
    Dra. Ana María Peñuela Poveda Coordinator Social Coexistence and Citizenship- Ministry of Health and Social Protection
  • Is it worth integrating the provision of Chronic Noncommunicable Diseases services with mental health services? 
    Dr. Leonardo Cubillos MD, MPH. Senior Policy Advisor- Dartmouth College and The World Bank
  • Focus on the person
    Dr. José Miguel Uribe Restrepo, MD, MPH. Consultant, World Bank

What factors drive adoption of health apps and what obstacles stand in the way?

Article Excerpt: While smartphones, sensors, and the ubiquitous Internet continue to transform industries like finance and retail, perhaps there is no area of greater potential or interest than chronic disease management. The concept is simple. Smartphones and sensors provide real-time monitoring of biomarkers and behavior, machine learning and big data analytics uncover personal health insights from this data, and then digital devices offer immediate feedback or interventions leading to improved health.

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Article Source: MedCityNews


Can Digital Pills Help Monitor Opioid Use?

Article Excerpt: Despite the ubiquity of opioid painkillers, medicine still isn’t certain of how the drugs are used once a patient leaves the clinic and fills their prescription. This, according to a new study from Brigham and Women’s Hospital, “leads to variable and overly generous opioid prescribing practices, resulting in a surplus of opioids,” which can then lead to abuse and addiction.

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Article Source: Healthcare Analytics News


VR Brings Dramatic Change To Mental Health Care

Article Excerpt: Skip Rizzo, associate director for medical virtual reality at the USC Institute for Creative Technologies, has been working with the U.S. Army on ways to use Virtual Reality (VR) to treat soldiers’ Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder for over a decade.

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Article Source: The Huffington Post


Big Data From Social Media Helps Combat Prescription Drug Crisis

Article Excerpt: Researchers at Dartmouth, Stanford University, and IBM Research, conducted a critical review of existing literature to determine whether social media big data can be used to understand communication and behavioral patterns related to prescription drug abuse. Their study found that with proper research methods and attention to privacy and ethical issues, social media big data can reveal important information concerning drug abuse, such as user-reported side effects, drug cravings, emotional states, and risky behaviors.

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Article Source: Technology Networks


HHS announces code-a-thon to address national opioid emergency

Article Excerpt: As an opioid epidemic continues to threaten the US, the government is looking to its tech-savvy citizens for support. Here at the Connected Health Conference in Boston, Department of Health and Human Services’ Chief Technology Officer Bruce Greenstein called for developers to participate in a government-sanctioned codeathon to devise a technological solution to the epidemic.

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Article Source: MobiHealthNews


Mobile Devices May Determine How Places and People Increase HIV Risk Behavior

Article Excerpt: “By employing smartphones to assess individuals in the moment based on their GPS or use of dating apps, data can be collected that captures the factors related to HIV risk and substance use by monitoring whether frequenting certain locations or being with certain people may trigger unsafe behavior,” explains Trace Kershaw, Ph.D., Professor and Chair of the Social and Behavioral Sciences Department at YSPH.

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Article Source: Yale School of Public Health