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Where Do We Go from Here on Digital Therapeutics?

Article Excerpt: South Korea is the only country to officially recognize digital therapeutics as a category. Nevertheless, the concept of software-based tools designed to manage or treat medical conditions has received enormous attention in the U.S. as proponents tout their potential to both widen access to care and improve patient outcomes. This optimism has driven significant financial investment in the sector, which ballooned to $3.4 billion in 2021. However, recent setbacks and billions of dollars in bankruptcies in 2023 indicate that the field is stagnating. Though industry voices point to regulatory hurdles as the culprit, deeper structural challenges threaten the future of “software as a medical device” and other digital health technologies, as categorized by the Food and Drug Administration.

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Article Source: Stat News


Smartphone Sensor Data Estimate Alcohol Craving in a Cohort of Patients with Alcohol-Associated Liver Disease and Alcohol Use Disorder

Wu T, Sherman G, Giorgi S, Thanneeru P, Ungar L, Kamath P, Simonetto D, Curtis B, Shah V. Smartphone sensor data estimate alcohol craving in a cohort of patients with alcohol-associated liver disease and alcohol use disorder. Hepatol Commun 2023;7(12). DOI:10.1097

This proof-of-concept study examined the feasibility of using passive smartphone sensors to predict alcohol cravings. For this pilot observational study, twenty-four adults with alcohol-associated liver disease (ALD) installed the AWARE platform onto their mobile phones. The platform allows for the collection of passive sensor data. For 30 days sensor data was collected and participants responded to daily prompts requesting self-reports of alcohol cravings, alcohol or substance use, and mood. While only half of the participants were retained in this study, their data provided useful insight into potential digital phenotyping for alcohol craving. Self-reported negative moods (loneliness, sadness, stress, anxiety, and fear) were positively correlated with craving (all p < 0.05). Conversely, positive moods (calmness, happiness, social support, and hope) were negatively correlated with craving (all p < 0.05). A similar directionality of correlations between craving and mood was found in the passive sensor data. For example, sensors that were associated with craving were highly associated with sadness (p < 0.001) and not associated with calmness (p < 0.001). Both decreases in distance traveled and increased phone movement were independently correlated with craving. Overall, this study provides novel insight into the potential use of smartphone sensors as a marker for alcohol craving and mood in ALD patients.


Connected Healthcare Strategies to Boost Rural Access, Digital Equity

Article Excerpt: In the post-public health emergency (PHE) landscape, healthcare provider organizations are increasingly focused on incorporating and expanding hybrid, omnichannel, and connected models of care. These models leverage digital tools to enhance patient access and experience through capabilities like online scheduling, telehealth, and remote patient monitoring. However, organizations must ensure that medically underserved populations are not left behind, and health equity remains top-of-mind as connected healthcare efforts proliferate nationwide. At Xtelligent Healthcare Media’s 4th Annual Connected Health Virtual Summit in October, leaders from prominent health systems discussed these themes, delving into the opportunities and challenges of leveraging connected care efforts in underserved areas, as well as the importance of digital health equity and strategies for closing digital health gaps.

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Article Source: mHealth Intelligence


‘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