opioid abuse

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...
By Jonah Comstock December 11, 2017
Last week, the HHS' opioid crisis code-a-thon concluded with presentations by nine of the 50 teams that participated. Three of these teams were chosen as the competition's winners, and will receive $10,000 to further develop their ideas. “When the government holds a code-a-thon, there’s an admission in society that we have hit a roadblock, that we need help, and we go out to the polity to help us...
By Dave Muoio November 21, 2017
Opioid adherence remains a hot topic in healthcare amidst the US ongoing epidemic, and a solution may lie within the pills themselves. In a study recently published in Anesthesia & Analgesia, researchers testing eTectRx’s digital pill technology could allow practitioners to better understand patient opioid adherence, thereby paving the way to more appropriate dosage and use of the drugs. “We’...
By Dave Muoio October 26, 2017
As an opioid epidemic continues to threaten the US, the government is looking to its tech-savvy citizens for support. Here at the Connected Health Conference in Boston, Department of Health and Human Services’ Chief Technology Officer Bruce Greenstein called for developers to participate in a government-sanctioned codeathon to devise a technological solution to the epidemic. “When the government...
By Heather Mack March 29, 2017
Many pharmaceutical companies are now turning to digital tools to improve medication adherence, augment clinical trials, or develop parallel therapies with digital health companies. Rare is the pharmaceutical company that wants to actively get people to stop taking their medication, but that’s exactly the aim of a new study launched by Purdue Pharmaceuticals, maker of the blockbuster and...
By Jonah Comstock May 12, 2015
Pharma-related digital health news picked up this week. Boehringer Ingelheim has teamed up with Sutter Health to research COPD interventions; BioDelivery Science created an app to help users deal with prediction opioid addictions; and Canaan Partners' Julie Papanek talked to the Wall Street Journal about pharma's emerging role in digital health. Boehringer Ingelheim Pharmaceuticals, the...