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A Chatbot Helped More People Access Mental-Health Services

Article Excerpt: An AI chatbot helped increase the number of patients referred for mental-health services through England’s National Health Service (NHS), particularly among underrepresented groups who are less likely to seek help, new research has found. Demand for mental-health services in England is on the rise, particularly since the covid-19 pandemic. Mental-health services received 4.6 million patient referrals in 2022—the highest number on record—and the number of people in contact with such services is growing steadily. But neither the funding nor the number of mental-health professionals is adequate to meet this rising demand, according to the British Medical Association. The chatbot’s creators, from the AI company Limbic, set out to investigate whether AI could lower the barrier to care by helping patients access help more quickly and efficiently. A new study, published today in Nature Medicine, evaluated the effect that the chatbot, called Limbic Access, had on referrals to the NHS Talking Therapies for Anxiety and Depression program, a series of evidence-based psychological therapies for adults experiencing anxiety disorders, depression, or both.

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Article Source: MIT Technology Review


Addiction Treatment Is Hard. A New Wave of Apps Aims to Help

Article Excerpt: This week, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention released a stunning report that showed drug overdose deaths shot up 30% in 2020. While the pandemic has led to increased distress among Americans, it’s also opened the door for innovation in certain aspects of mental healthcare, especially around addiction. Rehabilitation programs—ranging from 12-step programs to medication-assisted therapy—all went online. Now, a cadre of startups are thinking about how they can leverage the boom in telehealth to deliver better addiction care.

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Article Source: Fast Company


Can Siri Help You Beat Addiction?

Article Excerpt: Can a smart assistant help you beat addiction? That’s the questions asked in a new study by researchers at he Center for Data Driven Health at the Qualcomm Institute within the University of California San Diego. The study concludes that devices like Amazon Alexa, Apple Siri, Google Assistant, Microsoft Cortana, and Samsung Bixby fail to help users with such problems, but highlight these devices potential for signposting in the future.

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Article Source: Technology Networks


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


New App Designed for Opioid Users, Loved Ones, Providers

Article Excerpt: A new smartphone app puts a network of information and support about opioid and other substance use disorders into the hands of users, their loved ones and health care providers. The app, Help Near and Now (or HeNN), was developed by a multidisciplinary team at the University of Delaware, along with industry partners Greenline Business Group and CompassRed.

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Article Source: UDaily


Cigna Is Using Artificial Intelligence to ‘Predict’ Which of Its Subscribers Will Become Addicted to Opioids

Article Excerpt: Health insurance company Cigna is turning to artificial intelligence to reduce the use of opioids among its customers, according to The Wall Street Journal. Cigna’s algorithms attempt to predict if a patient is more likely to abuse or overdose on opioids…If a patient is flagged by the system, a behavioral case manager contacts the patient.

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Article Source: The Mighty


Hope in Recovery- Pairing Compassion with Evidence to Ameliorate New Hampshire’s Opioid Epidemic

Article Excerpt: From grassroots community efforts to scientific evidence-based outcomes, researchers and physicians from the Geisel School of Medicine and Dartmouth-Hitchcock are working together in a common mission to stem the intergenerational cycle of substance use…Looking beyond traditional healthcare systems, CTBH investigators are deeply involved in a multi-faceted, collaborative approach to solving the opioid use problem. Through a joint effort with the Dartmouth-based Northeast Node of the National Drug Abuse Treatment Clinical Trials Network (CTN), investigators are examining partnerships that break free from traditional models of addiction treatment.

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Article Source: Dartmouth Medicine Magazine


MYnd Analytics Test Helps Tailor Treatment Options for Patients with Major Depression

Article Excerpt: There’s been an amazing breakthrough for the 15 million Americans suffering from major depression, and it could soon help with other mental health conditions too. It’s a simple test which can help predict the best medication to provide relief, and even help prevent suicides.

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Article Source: CBS New York


Cerner Launching EHR-Integrated Opioid Toolkit for Safe Prescribing

Article Excerpt: The toolkit includes data analytics capabilities that allow clinicians to assess prescribing patterns. Additionally, the suite of resources includes clinical decision support tools specifically tailored for opioid management and a substance use disorder risk assessment algorithm.

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Article Source: EHR Intelligence