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Real-Time Data Are Essential for COVID-19. They’re Just as Important for the Opioid Overdose Crisis

Article Excerpt: The public has benefited from seeing the spread of the Covid-19 pandemic in the moment. Although it is scary seeing the numbers of diagnoses and deaths rising day by day, these data help bring clarity and accountability to an ongoing crisis that requires both. It is time to bring this kind of real-time outcome data to America’s addiction crisis and make it available to the public. It’s the only way of knowing if what we’re doing to address the problem is making a difference.

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Article Source: Stat News


Telemedicine for Alcohol Use Disorder Isn’t Just a Fad

Article Excerpt: This rapid transition to online care may seem abrupt, but the evidence base for the change is there. Telemedicine is here to stay and is supported by data both on clinical outcomes and return on investment.

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Article Source: MedCity News


Utilizing Telemedicine to Fight Opioid Addiction

Article Excerpt: According to the Center for Disease Control (CDC), opioid overdoses stand at the top of the list of injury-related deaths in the US. To date, New Hampshire, West Virginia, and New Mexico are identified as having the most severe opioid problem and the problem is growing in Northern California. Opioid use has been rising in North Bay Counties. Options for treating the growing problem of opioid addiction are somewhat scarce due to a limited number of treatment facilities and the availability of qualified clinicians. One promising solution to deal with this growing crisis is the use of telehealth and telemedicine.

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Article Source: Sonoma County Gazette


HHS Using Real-Time Data to Help Combat the Opioid Crisis

Article Excerpt: The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) has announced an agreement with Millennium Health, an accredited specialty laboratory, to combat the opioid crisis using near real-time drug testing data. Millennium Health’s Emerging Threat Intelligence Program will donate data that includes regular reporting of drug use trends from definitive urine drug test results obtained from all 50 states, the District of Columbia, and multiple medical practice types that can identify community level indicators of illicit drug use. The de-identified and aggregate data will enable enhanced surveillance and analysis of emerging drug use trends, allowing officials to spot patterns and target drug use interventions.

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Article Source: Health IT Analytics


Chains Implementing Tech to Help Track Opioid Misuse

Article Excerpt: Rite Aid is the latest pharmacy chain to utilize Appriss Health’s NarxCare platform to more efficiently identify manage patients at risk for controlled substance abuse and misuse. NarxCare equips pharmacists with advanced analytics, tools, technology, and invaluable insights that are presented and accessed directly within Rite Aid’s pharmacy management system, according to a statement. NarxCare also provides machine learning and artificial intelligence-based patient risk analysis in a visually interactive format to support pharmacists’ dispensing decisions and state law compliance.

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Article Source: Drug Topics


Cary Firm Deploys A Potential ‘Game-Changer’ In Opioid Crisis: Automated Prescription Monitoring

Article Excerpt: Smartlink Health Solutions has worked with Piedmont HealthCare to deploy what they say is the nation’s first automated, bidirectional process for checking state prescription drug monitoring program (PDMP) databases – a potential “game-changer” in the fight against opioid abuse, say some experts. Smartlink Health Solutions, focused on developing “smart, disruptive solutions that improve health outcomes,” has automated the process of checking state prescription drug monitoring program (PDMP) databases, which track all controlled-substance prescriptions, with its technology, Smartlink Data Connector.

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Article Source: WRAL TechWire


Google’s New Addiction Recovery Website Is More Useful Than A Google Search

Article Excerpt: Google is launching a new website it’s calling “Recover Together” that collates resources for addiction recovery in the United States. The site includes Google Maps-based search for resources like recovery support meetings and pharmacies that offer Naloxone without a prescription — it’s a drug that can be used to counteract opioid overdoses. The new site will be linked under the search bar on Google’s most valuable real estate: its home page.

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Article Source: The Verge


Twitter Study Explores Nicotine Dependence in JUUL Users

Article Excerpt: As e-cigarette brand JUUL continues to climb in popularity among users of all ages, University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine researchers took a unique approach to analyzing its impact by using Twitter to investigate any mention of nicotine effects, symptoms of dependence and withdrawal in regards to JUUL use.

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Article Source: Technology Networks.  Original story from the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center.


Raising the Standard for Psychology Research

Article Excerpt: In recent years, efforts to understand the workings of the mind have taken on new-found urgency. Not only are psychological and neurological disorders — from Alzheimer’s disease and strokes to autism and anxiety — becoming more widespread, new tools and methods have emerged that allow scientists to explore the structure of, and activity within, the brain with greater granularity…But this wealth of research comes with challenges, according to Russell Poldrack, a psychology professor with a computing bent at Stanford University. Psychology and neuroscience struggle to build on the knowledge of its disparate researchers.

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Article Source: Texas Advanced Computing Center.  Also posted in Technology Networks.