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Summarizing current news and empirical literature related to digital health technologies
Eye on Innovation

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
11/29/2023

A Year After Launching, ChatGPT Is Already Changing Medicine

Article Excerpt: It’s passed medical licensing exams. It’s advanced how researchers develop new medicines and cut down on doctors’ hefty paperwork. And it’s nudged health care closer to a world where AI can offer diagnoses. Why it matters: One year after OpenAI’s ChatGPT exploded onto the scene, the generative AI model is already upending health care — an industry not exactly known for its speedy adoption of tech — while accelerating questions about AI’s promises and limitations. The big picture: While AI and algorithms have been used in health care for decades, ChatGPT and other generative AI models that quickly followed have supercharged their use across research and the delivery of care.

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

Article Source: Axios

11/25/2023

AI Can Help to Flag Students Struggling with Mental Health

Article Excerpt: Even pre-pandemic, mental health issues were plaguing higher education. Perhaps it’s unsurprising that only 12% of students think their university handles the issue of mental health well. With the situation still ongoing, easier, timely access to effective mental health services has never been more important. Now, with the assistance of artificial intelligence and data intelligence, this is possible. Location services, powered by network automation, can offer important student data and insights to pre-emptively flag when an individual might be experiencing mental distress. With the help of AI-driven technology, universities can quickly identify withdrawn behaviour – often a tell-tale sign of mental unwellness. If a student is spending most of their time confined to their accommodation, or continuously missing lessons, location services will pick it up. By leveraging this data, universities can then offer early intervention, whether from counsellors or mental health support teams.

Full Article: https://tinyurl.com/mp67t759

Article Source: University World News

11/20/2023

Does AI Have the Emotional Intelligence to Supplement Mental Healthcare?

Article Excerpt: Mental healthcare is on the verge of a significant transformation with algorithms emerging as potential allies in the treatment process. However, the inherent bias in generative AI poses a critical question: what are the implications for patient outcomes?

Full Article: https://tinyurl.com/ykx8j6u5

Article Source: Omnia Health

11/16/2023

Why Healthcare is the Perfect Place For AI to Shine

Article Excerpt: It’s become increasingly clear that, for AI to be of real service, data quality is just as important a consideration as data quantity. This is exactly why healthcare is the ideal partner for this technology — it offers a perfect combination of quantity and quality. To start, although healthcare has large quantities of unstructured data, much of the data in healthcare is standardized in the form of diagnostic, lab, medication, and procedural data. AI can handle both structured and unstructured material, but high-quality structured material works best for training, giving healthcare an advantage over other industries. That means healthcare is already starting in a better place than most other industries.

Full Article: https://tinyurl.com/45n6me94

Article Source: MedCityNews

11/15/2023

‘Getting Heads in Headsets’: Exploring Virtual Reality Use in the VA

Article Excerpt: Virtual reality (VR), though initially relegated to the world of gaming, is increasingly being applied in healthcare. Healthcare research and provider organizations nationwide are actively exploring the use of VR technologies in various aspects of care delivery — and the Veterans Health Administration (VHA) is one such organization.

Full Article: https://tinyurl.com/29c554fh

Article Source: mHealth Intelligence

11/09/2023

Your Smartphone Can Determine Your Level of Intoxication

Article Excerpt: In an innovative approach to public health and safety, a recent study suggests that everyday technology, like smartphones, could play a pivotal role in reducing alcohol-related accidents by determining if you are intoxicated. This study, a collaborative effort between Stanford Medicine and the University of Toronto, uncovers how smartphones and smart speakers might be utilized to assess a person’s alcohol intoxication through changes in their voice… The study stands as a clarion call to action for the creation of digital biomarker repositories by institutions like the National Institutes of Health. The ultimate aim is to forge an intervention system that is both user-friendly and effective in preventing injuries and saving lives, leveraging the power of technology for societal well-being.

Full Article: https://tinyurl.com/3hsmerst

Article Source: earth.com

11/06/2023

Using Healthcare VR Technology to Improve Pain Management

Article Excerpt: Amid the ongoing digital transformation of healthcare, stakeholders are exploring the potential utility of various advanced technologies in patient care. These advanced technologies include artificial intelligence, blockchain, and virtual reality.

Full Article: https://tinyurl.com/bd726ftn

Article Source: mHealth Intelligence

11/01/2023

From Ideas to Impact: Symposium on Digital Therapeutics

Article Excerpt: The Clinically-Validated Digital Therapeutics: Innovations in Scientific Discovery, Clinical Applications, and Global Deployment event convened health care leaders across academia, government, and industry at the Hanover Inn on Oct. 25. Hosted by the Center for Technology and Behavioral Health, the digital heath summit, now in its second edition, is the only one of its kind situated in an academic institution. Besides clinical and computer science researchers, it brings together diverse stakeholders—providers, regulators, payers, and investors, as well as representatives from global pharma—to create pathways for translating ideas in the space of digital health to impact. In her welcoming remarks at the event President Sian Leah Beilock emphasized the urgency in realizing the potential of digital health in tackling mental health issues and other areas of health care.

Full Article: https://tinyurl.com/ms3swwv3

Article Source: Dartmouth News

10/28/2023

Updates in Federal Legislation Addressing Digital Therapeutics, Access to Care

Article Excerpt: Health care legislation has been on hold at the federal level following Kevin McCarthy’s (R-CA) removal as Speaker of the House. Although legislation cannot currently pass through Congress, important actions around digital therapeutics, access to care, and health care disparities are still important to highlight. In a session at AMCP Nexus 2023, Jennifer Mathieu, MA, senior vice president of professional and government affairs at the Academy of Managed Care Pharmacy, and Geni Tunstall, JD, director of regulatory affairs at AMCP, discussed federal legislative and regulatory updates that are on the horizon.

Full Article: https://tinyurl.com/5bt7ktce

Article Source: AJMC (Also in Pharmacy Times).