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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
12/08/2017

Smiling Instead of Smoking: Development of a positive psychology smoking cessation smartphone app for non-daily smokers.

Hoeppner BB, Hoeppner SS, Kelly L, Schick M, Kelly JF. (2017). Smiling Instead of Smoking: Development of a positive psychology smoking cessation smartphone app for non-daily smokers. International Journal of Behavioral Medicine. 24(5): 683-693. doi: 10.1007/s12529-017-9640-9

Based on past experience with college students who smoked daily and a presentation on an in-person positive psychology intervention for smoking cessation, researchers developed “Smiling Instead of Smoking” (SIS), a positive psychology smoking cessation mobile application (app) for non-daily smokers. Read More

12/07/2017

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.

Full Article: https://tinyurl.com/y787g5df

Article Source: CNBC

12/01/2017

Mobile phone apps for smoking cessation: Quality and usability among smokers with psychosis.

Ferron JC, Brunette MF, Geiger P, Marsch LF, Adachi-Mejia AM, Bartels SJ. (2017). Mobile phone apps for smoking cessation: Quality and usability factors. JMIR Human Factors. 4(1):e7. doi: 10.2196/humanfactors.5933

Researchers searched the Apple and Google app marketplaces for smoking cessation apps in English and randomly selected 100 of these apps to review for usability. Read More

In-Depth: The rise of the digital clinical trial

Article Excerpt: With billions of dollars and countless hours of human effort spent each year validating new drugs, devices, and medical interventions, it’s little surprise that the healthcare industry is turning to technology to streamline the process. From participant recruitment to data collection to adherence, clinical trials are rife with logistical challenges similar to those already being addressed by health tech’s major innovators — and trial sponsors have taken notice.

Full Article: https://tinyurl.com/ya2v8p8j

Article Source: MobiHealthNews

11/29/2017

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 www.saluderecho.net

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
11/28/2017

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.

Full Article: https://tinyurl.com/y77nbrk8

Article Source: MedCityNews

11/22/2017

Users’ adoption of mental health apps: Examining the impact of information cues.

Huang H-Y, Bashir M. (2017). Users’ adoption of mental health apps: Examining the impact of information cues. JMIR mHealth and uHealth. 5(6): e83. doi: 10.2196/mhealth.6827

Researchers examined cues that consumers use when browsing apps for anxiety disorders to inform their decisions to choose which apps they download. Read More