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Technology a Powerful Tool in The Fight Against Tobacco

Article Excerpt: At the recent World Health Summit in Berlin, the WHO Director-General Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus announced the launch of the Tobacco Cessation Consortium. A mechanism set up to engage the private sector and other non-governmental actors, the Consortium hopes to unlock financing and enhance accessibility for support services for smokers around the globe, especially in developing countries where tobacco use is rising. As Dr Ghebreyesus highlighted, all possible tools must be brought to bear in the fight against tobacco—and advanced technologies are set to play a particularly important role.

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Article Source: Analytics Insight


Digital Health Summit Brings Together Leaders In Digital Therapeutics

Article Excerpt: Players from across the healthcare industry — including providers, payers, researchers, regulators and investors — will converge on Hanover Wednesday, November 2 for a digital health summit entitled “Clinically Validated Digital Therapeutics: Paths to Deployment.” The event, hosted by the Center for Technology and Behavioral Health (CTBH) and The Magnuson Center for Entrepreneurship at Dartmouth College, will cover the current state of digital therapeutics, and explore the paths to global deployment of this innovative type of healthcare. “We have a community, here at Dartmouth, that’s very well known for expertise in digital therapeutics,” says Lisa A. Marsch, Ph.D., Director of CTBH. CTBH is a nationally recognized Center of Excellence, funded by the National Institute on Drug Abuse.

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Article Source: The Magnuson Center Blog


How Digital Health Can Help Address Issues Of Equity And Access In Behavioral Health

Article Excerpt: On the heels of a pandemic that challenged the mental health and wellness of populations on a global scale, it’s important to recognize that not all populations have experienced the past two years – or the hundreds before that – equally. This is especially true when it comes to behavioral healthcare access and treatment, and the long-standing disparities that continue to plague the nation and our healthcare system… Clearly, the U.S. is in desperate need of continued policy change, education and awareness, and most importantly, lasting solutions to improve health equity and address the wide-ranging health disparities that exist in the country.

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Article Source: Forbes


Technology Enters Once and For All in The Fight Against Tobacco

Article Excerpt: Last year the World Health Organization launched a campaign for the World No Tobacco Day 2021, with a one-year cycle entitled “Commit to Quit smoking during COVID-19”. The challenge proposed by WHO confirmed two new realities for the theme: the lasting influence of the new coronavirus onto the population health, particularly those who smoke, and the definitive recognition of technology as an important way to help who wants to stop smoking. As the first initiative, UN health agency used the message service WhatsApp to implement the “Quit Challenge” and stimulate the construction of digital communities for social support. Previously, WHO had already used technology to create “Florence”, a digital health professional oriented by artificial intelligence (AI) that gives guidance and recommends helplines and support apps to whoever needs help to quit smoking.

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Article Source: Digital Journal


Stevens Researchers Use AI to Detect Depression

Article Excerpt: Rida Zainub ’20 and Dr. Rajarathnam Chandramouli, Hattrick Chair Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering, conducted research that could change how depression is detected all over the world. According to Dr. Chandramouli, “depression is a serious global mental health issue. A severe shortage of mental health medical professionals especially in developing countries demands the research and development of technology solutions to address this problem.” Their goal was to use natural language processing in combination with Explainable Artificial Intelligence to analyze text and detect signs of depression. They explain their method to solve this complex problem quite simply.

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Article Source: The Stute


Virtual Reality and the COVID Mental Health Crisis

Article Excerpt: A national shortage in mental health clinicians existed before COVID-19. Now, health care organizations must decide how to rapidly scale and deploy behavioral health care to a geographically widespread and increasingly isolated populace. There is no time to wait for expansion of the mental health workforce. Doctors are now turning to an unlikely solution: virtual reality (VR).

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Article Source: Scientific American


Telemedicine for Drug Addiction Treatment: A Research Roundup and 5 Reporting Tips

Article Excerpt: Since the COVID-19 pandemic began, deaths from drug overdoses have reportedly surged, even as a relaxing of federal restrictions and a rapid shift by treatment providers has led to an explosion in telemedicine options for receiving help with substance use disorders. The move to telemedicine — defined as delivering clinical services using telecommunications technology — alleviates some longstanding barriers to treatment, but it also raises new questions, particularly as pandemic-related workplace closures and other stressors put people struggling with addiction at increased risk.

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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


Technology Companies Come Together to Support Addiction Recovery During COVID-19

Article Excerpt: The Center for Safe Internet Pharmacies (CSIP) – a non-profit dedicated to consumer protection and education around online pharmacies and prescription drugs – and a coalition of tech leaders Google, Facebook and Twitter have joined forces to announce a new online platform The site is a collection of resources to help those experiencing substance use disorder or battling addiction and the associated stigma.

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Article Source: Yahoo Finance