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ONC: Majority of Office-Based Physicians Used Telehealth in 2021

Article Excerpt: A report from the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology found that telehealth use grew noticeably over the course of the COVID-19 pandemic, with high rates of not only provider adoption but also satisfaction. Throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, it became apparent that telehealth was an effective method for providing and receiving care. However, as the severity of the public health emergency diminished, questions surrounding telehealth and its continued use arose.

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Article Source: mHealth Intelligence


Leaning In: How eCOA can Help Advance Mental Health Research

Article Excerpt: Electronic Clinical Outcomes Assessment and digital health tools were well-suited to accommodate the rapid rise of virtual and telehealth shifts during the Covid-19 pandemic and there is no going back. The adoption of eCOA technology in mental healthcare research can make pivotal advancements in mental health patient care.

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Article Source: MedCityNews


Telehealth’s Popularity Reaches Beyond Virtual Doctor Visits

Article Excerpt: Patients have made their choice clear: Telehealth is now a key component of medical care. COVID changed nearly every aspect of daily life, including how consumers interact with medical providers. Pre-pandemic visits to the doctor were, for the most part, strictly in person. Then lockdowns occurred, forcing medical professionals to rethink avenues of care and propelling the broad use of telehealth. Restrictions may have lifted, but consumers are reluctant to quit the convenience of digital health – but aren’t entirely forgoing trips to physical offices. As recently as July 2022, 46% of U.S. patients engaged with healthcare using a mix of online and in-person visits.

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Article Source: PYMTS


The Strange, Nervous Rise of the Therapist Chatbot

Article Excerpt: When Nicholas Jacobson and his team test their mental health chatbot, nine out of 10 of its responses are contextualized and clinically appropriate. One in 10 are “weird and lack human-ness,” he told The Daily Beast. This means TheraBot is moving in the right direction. It’s better than when it said, “I want my life to be over” when Jacobson and his team were training the chatbot to use language from self-help internet forums; or when it picked up the bad habits of therapists when they trained it with psychotherapy transcripts—like quickly attributing problems to the user’s relationship with their parent.

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Article Source: The Daily Beast


AI Could Help Patients with Chronic Pain Avoid Opioids

Article Excerpt: Cognitive behavioral therapy is an effective alternative to opioid painkillers for managing chronic pain. But getting patients to complete those programs is challenging, especially because psychotherapy often requires multiple sessions and mental health specialists are scarce. A new study suggests that pain CBT supported by artificial intelligence renders the same results as guideline-recommended programs delivered by therapists, while requiring substantially less clinician time, making this therapy more accessible.

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Article Source: University of Michigan News


Experts Are Betting on Games to Fix Mental Health Tech Today

Article Excerpt: Although the mental health tech space has been growing rapidly even before the pandemic, some reckon it may not be as effective as we wish it to be. Interestingly, the money is on gaming today – to fix the rising number of mental health issues. Self-help of some form may well have to be a solution to this situation, due to the fact that more than half the people who need mental health care do not receive it. No doubt, to close the widening gap, some people have turned to mental-health apps for solace: some of which claim to provide everything from cognitive behavioral therapy to guided meditation.

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Article Source: Tech HQ


Groups Doubles Down on Telehealth with A Mobile App to Treat Opioid Addiction

Article Excerpt: Like many healthcare provider organizations, Groups, a value-based care provider of opioid-addiction treatment, had to respond to the COVID-19 pandemic overnight. To keep members safe, the organization made the decision to close all 120 of its clinics across the country and transition to 100% virtual opioid-use-disorder treatment services. To accomplish this, Groups provided its members with a number of different digital health technologies that enabled them to continue their treatment virtually and do all of the form submissions, drug screens and insurance processes that are part of the Groups recovery program.

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Article Source: Healthcare IT News


How Telehealth Can Help Bridge Pediatric Mental Healthcare Gaps

Article Excerpt: The burgeoning mental health epidemic in America is widespread across age groups, but the youth have faced a particularly challenging time amid the COVID-19 pandemic. As the youth mental health crisis reaches new heights, providers are increasingly turning to telehealth to help expand access to behavioral healthcare. In December, Surgeon General Vivek Murthy, MD, issued an advisory calling for a coordinated response to combat the crisis. “Mental health challenges in children, adolescents, and young adults are real and widespread. Even before the pandemic, an alarming number of young people struggled with feelings of helplessness, depression, and thoughts of suicide — and rates have increased over the past decade,” said Murthy in a press release. “The COVID-19 pandemic further altered their experiences at home, school, and in the community, and the effect on their mental health has been devastating.”

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Article Source: mHealth Intelligence


A New Study Finds that A Smoking Cessation App Can Reach a Diverse Group of Users

Article Excerpt: A new study published in the open access journal JMIR Public Health and Surveillance shows that a digital cessation app to quit smoking can draw a diverse audience, including at-risk and underrepresented groups. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, tobacco use continues to be the leading preventable cause of death, disease, and disability in the United States. For years, the state of Washington has been investing in helping residents quit tobacco. In 2015, the state broadened its offering to include free access to the 2Morrow Health tobacco cessation smartphone app. Washington State public health prioritizes the needs and well-being of all residents and assures that underserved and at-risk populations are reached. This digital solution allowed the state to cast a wider net to reach more and different tobacco users.

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Article Source: Newswise