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Stop the Divide: Facilitators and Barriers to Uptake of Digital Health Interventions Among Socially Disadvantaged Populations

Price-Haywood EG, Arnold C, Harden-Barrios J, Davis T. Stop the Divide: Facilitators and Barriers to Uptake of Digital Health Interventions Among Socially Disadvantaged Populations. Ochsner J. Spring 2023;23(1):34-42. doi:10.31486/toj.22.0101

This qualitative study provided facilitators and barriers to implementing a new electronic patient portal (MyChart) in predominantly Black/African American and/or Medicaid-/Medicare-insured populations. MyChart is a portal accessible by mobile phone or computer with internet service. The program launched in Louisiana in 2020 and includes a digital medicine program that provides access to health coaches, clinical pharmacists, data from remote monitoring equipment, and appointment scheduling tools. For this study, 40 patients and 30 providers were surveyed about their experiences using the digital medicine platform. Participants described their access experience, attitudes, satisfaction, and challenges using health technology. Most patients were middle-aged, female, Black/African Americans who lived in urban areas and were insured by Medicaid. Most providers were young White male physicians who served predominantly Medicare/Medicaid-insured populations. Patients liked the consolidation of their health information, ease of appointment scheduling, medication refill requests, and medical advice messaging. As the mobile phone was the preferred access method, it is notable that most patients accessed these things successfully from their phones. Practitioners felt the largest barrier to implementation was the requirement to respond to too many messages, producing workload inefficiencies. While patients liked not traveling to clinics for visits, telemedicine visits were difficult on mobile phones. A lack of high-speed broadband access prevented some patients from engaging in telemedicine visits. Practitioners had concerns about video quality, safety when visits occurred in public spaces, like a car or workplace, and workflow issues around wait times. Most participants had positive views of using technology to help manage health. It remains critical to provide resources, like high-speed broadband access and digital navigators to push the digital health field forward in a sustainable way for patients and providers.


Navigating Tomorrow’s Behavioral Health with Compassion and Innovation

Article Excerpt: The dual challenges of increased demand and staffing shortages in the behavioral health space have made new technological tools a necessity. Efficient technology offers scalable solutions, enabling healthcare providers to reach and assist more individuals. Telehealth platforms, for instance, allow for remote consultations and counseling, making it possible to connect with those who may otherwise face barriers to in-person care. Mobile applications and wearable devices empower individuals to monitor their mental well-being and adhere to treatment plans, reducing the burden on an already strained workforce. Technology can also enhance the productivity of existing staff, streamlining administrative tasks, and enabling clinicians to focus more on the people in their care.

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Telehealth Opioid Treatment: Advancing the US Prevention Strategy

Article Excerpt: In a significant move to bolster the fight against opioid addition, the Biden-Harris Administration recently celebrated two years of advancements in the Health and Human Services Overdose Prevention Strategy, introducing groundbreaking actions to enhance addiction treatment and save lives. These initiatives, pivotal for the telehealth opioid treatment landscape, signify a transformative approach to substance use disorder treatment, particularly in leveraging telehealth technologies to bridge the treatment gap.

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The Use of Virtual Reality in Mental Health Treatment

Article Excerpt: Virtual reality (VR) technology uses gadgets like headgear, gloves, or controllers to create interactive, lifelike representations of actual or imagined settings. Virtual reality has been used to a number of fields, including gaming, education, entertainment, and training. Virtual reality (VR) may, however, also be a very effective tool for treating mental health issues since it can improve the therapeutic connection, allow for good changes in behavior and the brain, and give realistic and regulated exposure to difficult circumstances.

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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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Telehealth Supports Retention in Treatment for Opioid Use Disorder

Article Excerpt: Starting buprenorphine treatment for opioid use disorder through telehealth was associated with an increased likelihood of staying in treatment longer compared to starting treatment in a non-telehealth setting, according to a new study analyzing Medicaid data from 2019-2020 in Kentucky and Ohio. Published in JAMA Network Open, these findings add to a growing body of evidence demonstrating positive outcomes associated with the use of telemedicine for treatment of opioid use disorder.

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‘They Won’t Rip Telehealth Away’: Digital Behavioral Health Companies Prepare for Industry-Shaping DEA Decision

Article Excerpt: November is fast approaching, and with it comes the Drug Enforcement Administration’s (DEA) proposed rule on telehealth and controlled substance prescribing. After a six-month delay, the federal law enforcement and regulatory body will release regulations that will shape the future of telehealth within behavioral health in the post-COVID era. It also has the potential to redirect the evolution of telehealth in the behavioral health industry. Companies that exclusively or heavily focus on providing care via telehealth have had to prepare for the potential snapback to a regulatory environment where in-person exams were required before a telehealth provider could prescribe certain controlled substances.

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Black Women are Open to Mental Health Services Via Mobile Technology

Article Excerpt: Using survey data on patient attitudes toward mental health services and depression screening, a new study indicated that Black American Women are comfortable with using voice or video calls to communicate with mental health providers. Research from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) indicates that about one in ten women in the United States have experienced depression symptoms within the last year. The study, published in the Journal of Medical Internet Research (JMIR), also indicated that Black American women are commonly affected by depression. While discrimination, financial issues, and chronic conditions may contribute to this, various factors prevent Black women from obtaining care. These may include stigmatization, limited access, or insurance complications.

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Telehealth Proves Successful for Opioid Use Disorder Treatment

Article Excerpt: Virtual care provider Ophelia found 56% of its OUD patients remained in treatment for six months and 48% stayed for one year, with retention rates significantly higher than traditional in-person care…”These study findings help take another step forward in proving what we already know: telehealth-based medication-assisted treatment for opioid use disorder is highly effective in reducing overdoses and preventing relapse,” (Chief medical officer at Ophelia) said.

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