opioid abuse

By Laura Lovett March 26, 2019
Having a baby can be complicated and requires regular doctors visits and classes. Mix those challenges with managing a substance abuse disorder, and the result can be overwhelming.  iTether Technologies and University of Arizona physician Dr. Maria Manriquez have teamed up to develop a new app specifically designed to address the needs of pregnant women who are also dealing with opioid addiction...

American Well CEO Roy Schoenberg shows off the new cart at HIMSS19. (Photo by Jonah Comstock)

By Jonah Comstock February 14, 2019
At HIMSS19, telehealth platform company American Well unveiled the American Well 250 cart, a telehealth cart that allows physicians and patients in a hospital to connect to a wide range of specialists. The product is the first fruit of American Well’s acquisition of Avizia in April of last year. Additionally at the show, American Well announced an expanded partnership with behavioral health-...
By Laura Lovett February 1, 2019
  Yesterday morning addiction-focused telemedicine company Workit Health announced a new Series A funding round led by Blue Cross Blue Shield Venture Partners for an undisclosed amount. Other funders include Endeavor Catalyst, Montage Ventures, Lux Capital, Wakestream Ventures, Invest Detroit and RRE Ventures.  This marks the second funding round for the Californian startup. Originally founded in...
By Laura Lovett January 31, 2019
This morning San Francisco-based telemedicine platform HeyDoctor announced that its customers will now be able to receive naloxone, including Narcan, through its website and mobile app.  Users will first go through a text chat-based consultation with a physician on HeyDoctor about how and when to use the medication, which can reverse the effects of an opioid overdose. The prescription can then be...
The three finalists of the RWJF's AI Challenge pose together on stage at Health 2.0
By Dave Muoio September 19, 2018
The victors of two Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) pitch competitions were recently announced following a live judging session held at Health 2.0 in Santa Clara, California. There, judges named Buoy Health’s chatbot for patient health education the winner of RWJF’s AI Challenge, while social addiction support platform Sober Grid claimed first prize in the organization’s Opioid Challenge....
By Dave Muoio September 13, 2018
Following in the footsteps of its parent company, Instagram is looking reduce its potential role in the ongoing opioid epidemic. Whenever a user searches a drug or substance-related term on the platform, they will now be served a popup that includes a link to addiction and drug misuse resources. Should users click through the popup alert, Instagram redirects to a webpage asking users whether they...
By Laura Lovett May 23, 2018
A bipartisan group of senators has introduced a slew of new bills that seek to increase access to telemedicine treatment for patients with substance abuse disorders. The proposed bills, three of which are telehealth-focused, are expected to be wrapped into a larger legislative package by the Senate Finance Committee and then undergo the markup process in the near future.  “While South Dakota is...
By Jonah Comstock April 26, 2018
This Saturday, the United States Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) will host its third National Prescription Drug Take Back Day. And this time, Google is helping out.  The search engine company and tech giant announced in a blog post yesterday that it would implement several features to support the DEA's efforts to combat the opioid crisis, starting with a Google Maps-based locator tool to help...
By Dave Muoio February 9, 2018
Rockville, Maryland-based DrFirst, which is known for healthcare SaaS offerings ranging from medication management to clinical communications, has announced a relaunch of a mobile app designed to help physicians comply with state prescription drug monitoring program requirements when prescribing treatments. DrFirst acquired the original iPrescribe.net app back in early 2016, shortly after...
By Dave Muoio January 10, 2018
Opioid abuse is among the most pressing issues in healthcare, so it’s no surprise that the epidemic was a major topic of discussion at CES 2018’s Digital Health Summit. Following a lengthy discussion about the national crisis’ societal factors and specific digital-based interventions, a panel comprised of industry experts and academics repeatedly found themselves in agreement that no one approach...
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