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‘There’s a Sense of Urgency’: How Wearables Could Reshape Addiction Treatment

Article Excerpt: Wearables offer addiction treatment providers tantalizing opportunities to improve care outcomes. Increasingly sophisticated devices are now available at affordable price points. Effortless data collection opens the door to more objectivity in a highly subjective field. But there’s a serious problem. Researchers and practitioners still need to figure out what to do with the mountains of data that wearables could produce.

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Article Source: Behavioral Health Business


Are Wearables Helpful for Dying Patients?

Article Excerpt: A 2019 study found that health tech wearables may improve the outpatient monitoring of cancer patients. The device could detect a decline in a patient’s condition and send the data to a doctor, catching the issue much earlier than the typical trip to the emergency department. This early catch supports patient comfort and reduces costly readmissions for the patient and the health system. Data collection could also improve telehealth visits by recording vital signs and other assessment data before or during appointments.

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Article Source: Health News


The Future of Medical Technology: Key Trends in Virtual Care and Telemedicine

Article Excerpt: From Internet of Things (IoT) technology and electronic medical records (EMR) in hospitals, to remote patient monitoring devices, the industry is finding new ways to provide patients with better care. nnovations in virtual care have been explored for years, but the COVID-19 pandemic increased demand exponentially as patients were unable to attend in-person appointments. Whilst face-to-face clinic visits will not be entirely replaced, several key trends are anticipated in virtual care and telemedicine for 2022 and beyond.

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Article Source: Medical Device Network


How Virtual Reality Is Solving Some Real Health Care Problems

Article Excerpt: Virtual reality is becoming a real-world health tool for everything from chronic pain and behavioral health problems on Earth to medical training for astronauts in space… Like the entire VR industry, health care’s version has made significant strides in recent years. Gone are the cheesy graphics and poor user experience of even just a few years ago, companies told Axios at the HLTH Conference in Las Vegas this week.
“When people say, ‘Yeah, it’s been many years since they’ve tried VR,’ it’s like, ‘No, you haven’t tried VR,'” said Luke Farkas, director of brand and marketing at BehaVR, a Kentucky-based company focused on behavioral health.

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Article Source: Axios


ONC, CDC say Integration Framework Can Combat Opioid Crisis

Article Excerpt: For the past five years, the Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention have been working together on an interactive resource for states and health systems called the Integration Framework. The tool is meant to give guidance to help improve integration of state prescription drug monitoring programs (PDMPs) within clinicians’ workflows. It includes best practices for implementing advanced clinical decision support systems to help flag potential opioid abuse, and it outlines steps to help advance and scale PDMP integration with IT systems, such as electronic health records, health information exchanges and pharmacy systems.

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Article Source: Health IT News


13 Ways Smartphones Are Revolutionizing Healthcare

Article Excerpt: Social entrepreneur Ariel Beery and optics expert David Levitz had the inspiration to use the built-in camera of a smartphone to screen for cervical cancer — the fourth most common cancer affecting women globally and the second most common cancer for women in low-resource settings. “More than five billion people around the world have access to mobile phones, but not to a physician,” Beery told ISRAEL21c in 2014, when the prototype was being piloted in five countries.

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Article Source: Israel21c


Big Data and the Future of Health Analytics

Article Excerpt: One of the most prominent changes in healthcare has been the advent of a digital revolution in the industry. In what has been described as the “Uberization” of healthcare, key players have attempted to leverage the rapid developments in technology to disrupt patient care delivery and gain a competitive advantage. Healthcare systems and providers have now adopted electronic health records, remote monitoring systems, telemedicine, and other technologies to transform patient care. This transformation has seen health data extensively stored, shared, accessed, analyzed, and used in digital platforms, including wearable devices, smartphone apps, medical devices, and AI-driven models. Consequently, this shift has provided healthcare systems and other stakeholders access to a digital universe with large volumes of useful information that is integral to driving topline results and improving healthcare outcomes.

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Article Source: Corporate Wellness Magazine


Are caregivers ready for digital? Caregiver preferences for health technology tools to monitor medication adherence among patients with serious mental illness

Forma F, Chiu K, Shafrin J, Boskovic DH, & Veeranki SP. (2022). Are caregivers ready for digital? Caregiver preferences for health technology tools to monitor medication adherence among patients with serious mental illness. Digital health, 8, 20552076221084472.

This study explored the preferences and willingness-to-pay for digital tools that monitor medication adherence among caregivers of persons with serious mental illness (SMI). Among digital tools, four options were identified: (1) smart pill bottles that records the frequency the bottle is opened or closed; (2) smart pill dispenser that sorts and organizes pills for use; (3) mobile apps; and (4) pills embedded with an ingestible event market (IEM) sensor that signals to a mobile app upon medication ingestion. Researchers administered a web-based survey to 184 caregivers of adult SMI patients recruited through phone, conferences, social media, and referrals. Fifty-seven participants cared for bipolar depression, 61 for major depressive disorder, and 66 for schizophrenia. The survey instrument consists of a discrete choice experiment module that assesses the caregivers’ preferences for adherence monitoring tools. Specifically, the survey includes items to assess source of medication adherence information, medication adherence information accessibility, patients’ report of wellbeing, and caregivers’ monthly out-of-pocket cost for the health technology tool. Results demonstrated that caregivers highly preferred a medical adherence tool using a pill embedded with an IEM sensor and tracking patients’ well-being compared to a non-digital pill organizer. Caregivers were willing to pay on average $255 more per month for this tool than a pill organizer. Findings suggest that caregivers value digital tools that monitor adherence and track their loved ones’ health.


The Future of Pharmacy is Digital

Article Excerpt: New career paths are appearing in pharmacy, and these career paths are digital ones. The FDA is approving growing numbers of digital products to monitor and treat patients, building on a growing acceptance of wearable products to monitor health, health apps to guide daily activities, smart pill dispensers to monitor and improve adherence, and much more. “Technology is changing the patient journey,” said Timothy Aungst, PharmD, Associate Professor of Pharmacy Practice at the Massachusetts College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences. “Digital health is mainstream, accelerated by the COVID-19 pandemic and telehealth. We need to catch up with digital resources, not stay tied to legacy approaches. Digital health needs digital pharmacists.”

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Article Source: Drug Topics