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Better Health With Digital Therapeutics

Article Excerpt: Digital therapeutics can extend the reach of clinicians by nature of their ’round-the-clock availability and enable better communication between provider and patient… They also nudge people toward replacing harmful behaviors with a repertoire of good habits. “[These] are tools that can literally be with you in your pocket, like a clinician in your pocket 24/7,” says Lisa A. Marsch, Ph.D., director of the Center for Technology and Behavioral Health at the Geisel School of Medicine at Dartmouth College. Because they are accessible on demand, people who, say, struggle with drug addiction and feel at risk of relapse at 2 a.m. on a Saturday night can reach for the digital therapeutic on their phone to help them at that moment.

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Article Source: New Hampshire Magazine


Smartphone Study Exploring Impacts of Social Distancing on Youth Mental Health

Article Excerpt: Dr. Rita Orji from the Faculty of Computer Science and IWK psychologist Dr. Sandra Meier have developed a mobile sensing app to track user’s activities during social distancing and create insights that can aid in providing mental health support, to minimize the negative impacts of current circumstances…The app tracks participant activity including call, text and app usage, and movement and sleep patterns. Using data from during, and prior to, social distancing and isolation, the study hopes to identify patterns that can be used to make positive real-time recommendations to participants.

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Article Source: Dal News


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


Health care provider perceptions of consumer-grade devices and apps for tracking health: A pilot study

Holtz B, Vasold K, Cotton S, Mackert M, Zhang M. (2019). Health care provider perceptions of consumer-grade devices and apps for tracking health: A pilot study. JMIR mHealth and uHealth. 7(1): e9929. doi: 10.2196/mhealth.9929

Researchers sent surveys to a randomly selected sample of 300 primary care physicians and 300 advanced practice registered nurses (APRNs) in Michigan evaluating their use and perceptions of consumer health tracking technologies. Read More