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Summarizing current news and empirical literature related to digital health technologies

Summarizing current news and empirical literature related to digital health technologies

The field of behavioral health and technology moves at a rapid pace. CTBH follows news and empirical publications and compiles references to and synopses of pieces describing cutting edge applications of technology in behavioral health.
Eye on Innovation
08/18/2017

Serious games and gamification for mental health: Current status and promising directions.

Fleming TM, Bavin L, Stasiak K, et al. (2017). Serious games and gamification for mental health: Current status and promising directions. Frontiers in Psychiatry. 7. doi: 10.3389/fpsyt.2016.00215

The authors highlight the promise for using games in mental health because they can appeal to large audiences, be engaging, and be used to educate users and promote behavior change. Read More

08/11/2017

How do you #relax when you’re #stressed? A content analysis and infodemiology study of stress-related tweets.

Doan S, Ritchart A, Perry N, Chaparro JD, Conway M. (2017). How do you #relax when you’re #stressed? A content analysis and infodemiology study of stress-related tweets. JMIR Public Health and Surveillance. 3(1): e35. doi: 10.2196/publichealth.5939

Researchers examined how Twitter users discussed stress and relaxation on social media by aggregating and thematically analyzing tweets containing stress and relaxation related hashtags. Read More

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

08/04/2017

Technology-mediated interventions and quality of life for persons living with HIV/AIDS: A systematic review.

Cho H, Iribarren S, Schnall R. (2017). Technology-mediated interventions and quality of life for persons living with HIV/AIDS: A systematic review. Applied Clinical Informatics. 8: 348-368. doi: 10.4338/ACI-2016-10-R-0175

Researchers conducted a literature review to evaluate the effect of technology-based interventions on quality of life (QoL) in people living with HIV/AIDS and to examine how QoL was assessed. Read More

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)