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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
02/24/2017

Comparing applets and oranges: Barriers to evidence-based practice for app-based psychological interventions

Leigh S. (2016). Comparing applets and oranges: Barriers to evidence-based practice for app-based psychological interventions. Evidence Based Mental Health, 19(3): 90-92. PMID: 27431656

Despite the potential for mobile applications (apps) to be important tools in mental health care, there has been little to no regulation of apps as psychological interventions. As a result, apps for mental health are available with little to no evidence of their effectiveness. Read More

02/17/2017

Project ECHO (Extension for Community Healthcare Outcomes): A new model for educating primary care providers about treatment of substance use disorders

Komaromy M, Duhigg D, Metcalf A, et al. (2016). Project ECHO (Extension for Community Healthcare Outcomes): A new model for educating primary care providers about treatment of substance use disorders. Substance Abuse. 37(1): 20-24. PMCID: PMC4873719

Project ECHO is a model of healthcare education for primary care providers (PCPs) to receive specialized knowledge and mentoring from addiction specialists about treating substance use disorders (SUDs). Project ECHO was developed in New Mexico to increase access to specialized care in rural and undeserved areas. Read More

01/20/2017

Awareness, access, and use of internet self-help websites for depression by university students

Culjak G, Kowalenko N, Tennant C. (2016). Awareness, access, and use of internet self-help websites for depression by university students. JMIR Mental Health. 3(4). PMCID: PMC5104907

To evaluate the potential for self-help websites to reach depressed young adults, the authors conducted a prospective study of Australian university students to understand their internet use and accessing of self-help websites. The authors administered assessments at three time points Read More

01/19/2017

Social Media Offers Tools to Improve Mental Health, Reduce Suicide

Article Excerpt: The Defense Department makes the total fitness of service members a top priority, and that includes mental health and suicide prevention. Military suicide is the culmination of complex interactions among biological, social, economic, cultural and psychological factors operating at the individual, community and societal levels.

Full Article: http://tinyurl.com/j368et8

Article Source: DoDLive

Study finds the best medication adherence medical apps

Article Excerpt: Given the sheer number of medical apps available these days, it is important to find evidence-based guidance for which apps to choose. Santo et al from the University of Sydney evaluated medication adherence apps from the Australian Google Play store and Apple iTunes store using a systematic stepwise approach based on the features described for each medical app.

Full Article: http://tinyurl.com/jpmbc9l

Article Source: iMedicalApps

01/13/2017

Smoking cessation support for pregnant women: Role of mobile technology

Herminger CL, Schindler-Ruwisch JM, Abroms LC. (2016). Smoking cessation support for pregnant women: Role of mobile technology. Substance Abuse and Rehabilitation, 7:15-26. PMCID: PMC4835136

mHealth interventions have the potential to deliver treatment to pregnant women who smoke because they are easily accessible and can be less stigmatizing relative to face to face treatment. This paper reviewed text message interventions and mobile applications (apps) targeting pregnant Read More

01/12/2017

ONC announces winners of consumer and provider app challenges to improve health information access and use

Article Excerpt: Today, the Department of Health and Human Services’ Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC) announced the Phase 2 winners for the Consumer Health Data Aggregator Challenge and the Provider User Experience Challenge.  ONC designed these challenges to spur the development of market-ready applications (apps) that would enable consumers and providers to aggregate health data from different sources into one secure, user-friendly product.

Full Article: http://tinyurl.com/zms6rms

Article Source: HHS.gov

01/09/2017

Smartphone apps are found to reduce depression, anxiety

Article Excerpt: A suite of smartphone apps developed by Northwestern Medicine has successfully reduced depression and anxiety symptoms in study participants by 50 percent, an efficacy rate similar to that typically achieved through psychotherapy or antidepressant medication.

Full Article: http://tinyurl.com/go59af8

Article Source: Health Data Management