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Clinical Trial to Assess Efficacy of Virtual Alcohol Use Disorder Treatment

Article Excerpt: Over the last 10 years, alcohol use disorder (AUD) has been a significant driver of the drop in life expectancy in the US, with 28.3 million people suffering from the disease in 2020, according to the press release. Among those 26 years and older, the frequency of AUD doubled between 2017 and 2020, rising from 10.6 million to 22.4 million. To help address and treat these conditions, Ria Health announced a partnership with Stanford University at The Liver Meeting to launch a clinical trial using funding from the NIH. In the trial, researchers will examine whether the Ria Health Program can limit problematic drinking and markers related to liver disease. Hosted by the American Association for the Study of Liver Diseases, The Liver Meeting is the leading national conference for hepatology.

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Article Source: mHealth Intelligence


Patient Engagement: The True Benchmark in Clinical Trials

Article Excerpt: Patient engagement and community outreach may be hot topics in today’s clinical trial landscape, but they aren’t new ideas. Researchers and patient advocacy groups have focused on including patients and volunteers in study design and data reporting for many years. What’s new is the vital role technology plays in engagement as decentralized clinical trials become more popular.

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Article Source: Stat News


Digitizing clinical trials

Inan O, Tenaerts P, Prindiville S. et al. (2020). Digitizing clinical trials. npj Digital Medicine. 3: 101. doi: 10.1038/s41746-020-0302-y

Through innovative technology, digital clinical trials (DCTs) have the potential to improve 3 key components of the clinical trial: recruitment and retention, data collection, and data analytics. Read More


A virtual home for the virtual clinical trial

Persky S. (2020). A virtual home for the virtual clinical trial. Journal of Medical Internet Research. 22(1): e15582. doi: 10.2196/15582

In this viewpoint report, the author examines the potential benefits of the integration of virtual reality (VR) (simulated environments created by digital technology) into the virtual clinical trial (VCT) (remote trial conducted via Telehealth technology) to provide a virtual reality trial hub of assessment administration, data collection, and interaction between research participants and researchers. Read More


Web-based self-help with and without chat counseling to reduce cocaine use in cocaine misusers: Results of a three-arm randomized controlled trial

Schaub MP, Castro RP, Wenger A, et al. (2019). Web-based self-help with and without chat counseling to reduce cocaine use in cocaine misusers: Results of a three-arm randomized controlled trial. Internet Interventions. 17. doi: 10.1016/j.invent.2019.100251

Researchers recruited 311 individuals who had used cocaine at least twice in the last 30 days and randomized them to receive a 6-week, web-based, self-help intervention with chat counseling (SC+) or alone (SC) or to a wait-list control group (control). Read More


Benefits of individualized feedback in internet-based interventions for depression: A randomized controlled trial

Zagorscak R, Heinrich M, Sommer D, Wagner B, Knaevelsrud C. (2018). Benefits of individualized feedback in internet-based interventions for depression: A randomized controlled trial. Psychotherapy and Psychosomatics. 87: 32-45. doi: 10.1159/000481515

Researchers recruited 1,089 individuals with depression from a German health insurance company to compare automated standardized feedback to individualized feedback from a counselor as an augment to a web-based intervention for depression. 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.

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Article Source: MobiHealthNews


What stands in the way of precision medicine’s advancement? Inadequate infrastructure for data collection

Article Excerpt: Significant hurdles in healthcare costs, training, and data collection must be cleared before precision medicine is able to transform treatment for cancer patients, according to participants in a panel discussion during the MedCity CONVERGE Conference in Philadelphia this week. The topic, in case you haven’t guessed already: What’s holding back precision medicine?

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Article Source: MedCity News


Dignity Health using Google Glass to improve clinical efficiency

Article Excerpt: When Google Glass was first launched, it was targeted primarily to consumers, the idea being that they would be able to access the web within their line of vision utilizing what was billed as sleek and stylish technology. But it may have found new life in professional settings, including healthcare, where clinicians are using it to increase efficiency.

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Article Source: MobiHealthNews