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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 behavior 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
04/21/2017

Online positive interventions to promote well-being and resilience in the adolescent population: A narrative review.

Baños RM, Etchemendy E, Mira A, Riva G, Gaggioli A, Botella C. (2017). Online positive interventions to promote well-being and resilience in the adolescent population: A narrative review. Frontiers in Psychiatry. 8(10). doi: 10.3389/fpsyt.2017.00010

Researchers did a literature review to evaluate the scientific literature investigating internet-based positive psychological interventions for resilience and wellbeing in adolescents. Read More

03/27/2017

Social Media Influencers Finally Come to … Medicine

Article Excerpt: Just as Snapchat and Instagram and YouTube have influencers, so too does medicine. Chronic diseases occupy an online world of memes, hashtags (#hospitalglam), and people who provide information and insights to communities that too often feel they have no voice. A growing number of companies are hiring these patient influencers to reach, and understand, these folks. And, of course, sell them stuff.

Full Article: http://tinyurl.com/mx5ahn2

Article Source: WIRED

03/24/2017

Current views and perspectives on e-mental health: An exploratory survey study for understanding public attitudes towards internet-based psychotherapy in Germany.

Apolinário-Hagen J, Vehreschild V, Alkoudmani RM. (2017). Current views and perspectives on e-mental health: An exploratory survey study for understanding public attitudes towards internet-based psychotherapy. JMIR Mental Health. 4(1): e8. doi: 10.2196/mental.6375

Researchers used social media, professional networks, and undergraduate courses to recruit 1558 participants in Germany to take a survey assessing awareness of, and attitudes about, internet-based psychotherapy. Read More

03/22/2017

Telemedicine saves time, travel costs, even air quality, new study finds

Article Excerpt: While telehealth policies, technological advancements and utilization continue to grow, whether it actually reduces healthcare costs and improves outcomes is still a point of some contention. As the bulk of such analysis focuses on the bottom line of health plans and employers, researchers at University of California Davis instead are looking on how it impacts patients at a more basic level: driving costs.

Full Article: http://tinyurl.com/m4hud7z

Article Source: MobiHealthNews

03/17/2017

New York Times Features THaW Research Into Acoustic Device Hacking

Article Excerpt: THaW researcher Kevin Fu’s work on acoustic device hacking has recently been featured in the New York Times. The article discusses the team’s work on using acoustic signals to fool sensors in mobile device, and create the potential for security violations.

Full Article: http://tinyurl.com/kr9ndc7

Article Source: Trustworthy Health & Wellness (THaW)

Latino adults’ perspectives on treating tobacco use via social media.

Anguiano B, Brown-Johnson C, Rosas LG, Pechmann C, Prochaska JJ. (2017). Latino adults’ perspectives on treating tobacco use via social media. JMIR Mhealth and Uhealth. 5(2): e12. doi: 10.2196/mhealth.6684

Researchers recruited 32 people who identify as Latino or Latina using Craigslist, referrals by community health workers, and word of mouth to participate in focus groups about mobile phone and social media use, smoking, and cessation treatment preferences. All participants had made at least one 24 hour quit attempt, but very few had reported receiving assistance from a health care provider (n=3) or using nicotine replacement (n=1), and no participants had used cessation medication or psychosocial cessation treatments. One factor that helped participants delay smoking was checking Facebook. Key motivators for quitting smoking were family, life transitions (e.g. pregnancy), and feelings of shame. Participants used many popular social media platforms, but preferred Facebook. Social media was acceptable to participants as a method to deliver smoking cessation interventions. Those opposed to social media smoking cessation groups preferred receiving support from family and friends and did not want to spend more time on their phone. There were mixed perspectives about whether social media groups should be matched and how they should be matched (e.g. race, smoking characteristics, interests). Participants felt that supportive messages posted as a part of social media smoking cessation interventions should be supportive and motivational, but not demanding.

03/14/2017

Your Doctor App Could Amplify Your Health Anxieties

Article Excerpt: Studies suggest that health anxiety—more recently termed somatic symptom disorder and illness anxiety disorder—affects anywhere from less than 1 percent to as much as nearly 12 percent of the population. For some of these people, a new array of telemedicine apps like MDLive and Doctor on Demand are appealing because they take insurance and also let you pay up front at cost of about $40 to $50 for a short video or phone consult.

Full Article: https://tinyurl.com/knu45vu

Article Source: MIT Technology Review

How Machine Learning is Transforming Healthcare

Article Excerpt: Machine learning and big data in the healthcare field have tremendous potential. Not only are these new technologies improving diagnosis and treatment options, they also have the potential to empower individuals to take control of their own health.

Full Article: https://tinyurl.com/lbsy666

Article Source: Data Informed