The Art of Prescribing (Or Not)
By HANS DUVEFELT I have learned a few things about prescribing medications during my 42 years as a physician. Some are old lessons, and some are more recent. I thought I’d share some random examples. First: I don’t like to have to use medications, but when they seem necessary, I choose, present and prescribe them with great care. CHOOSING MEDICATIONS Medications are like people. They have personalities. With so many choices for any given diagnosis or symptom, I consider their mechanism of action, possible beneficial additional effects and their risk of unwanted side effects when selecting which one to presc...
Source: The Health Care Blog - February 1, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Christina Liu Tags: Medical Practice Patients Physicians Primary Care Hans Duvefelt Source Type: blogs

Winners And Losers Of 2020 In Digital Health
It might not seem like it, but the digital health industry is one with fierce competition. Every year, companies and new technologies come and go in this space at a staggering pace; some bringing revolutionary potentials to the market, while others going down unceremoniously. But it’s not just companies and tech but also related areas like privacy and medical events that are part and parcel to this industry. It might be challenging to keep track of developments along those lines, especially given the Jumanji-like year of 2020 we’ve all experienced. As such, we collected a list of areas relevant to digital health tha...
Source: The Medical Futurist - November 24, 2020 Category: Information Technology Authors: Pranavsingh Dhunnoo Tags: Lifestyle medicine Artificial Intelligence in Medicine Digital Health Research E-Patients Health Sensors & Trackers Medical Education Personalized Medicine Portable Medical Diagnostics Security & Privacy Telemedicine & Smartphones ecg Source Type: blogs

The Present And Future Of Digital Pills
Flicking your wrist as your smartwatch nudges you, you find a notification alerting that it’s time to take your digital pill. You grab one from your smart medicine pack, alert your GP, and ingest it with a glass of water. Thereafter, the pill broadcasts a real-time video stream as it goes down your oesophagus and into your stomach. Your GP is simultaneously monitoring the visuals, assessing the progression of your ulcer.  Afterwards, you have a video call with your GP who reassures you of the ulcer’s healing. She also notes that the digital pill contains your personalised medicine 3D-printed onto it and it will...
Source: The Medical Futurist - July 21, 2020 Category: Information Technology Authors: Prans Tags: 3D Printing Health Sensors & Trackers Personalized Medicine schizophrenia digital pill otsuka abilify pillcam patch etectRx infarmate hipaa Source Type: blogs

Digital Health Ventures That Flew Too Close To The Sun
1.5 billion: that’s the number, in dollars, Forbes put for Proteus’ valuation last year. Dubbed as a healthcare unicorn, the startup even raised over $500 million in venture capital. It made headlines for developing the first-ever FDA-approved digital pill, one equipped with an ingestible and trackable sensor to monitor treatment compliance.  Researchers even proved the technology’s worth. In 2019, an independent study investigated the Proteus’ digital pill. They found it to be accurate, and even improved adherence of tuberculosis patients using oral pills equipped with Proteus’ system. https://ww...
Source: The Medical Futurist - July 7, 2020 Category: Information Technology Authors: Prans Tags: Artificial Intelligence Future of Medicine Future of Pharma Genomics AI cancer IBM google deepmind theranos Watson fail digital pill proteus deus ex machina tech giants finances otsuka Nightingale Source Type: blogs

Top 25 Psychiatric Medications for 2018
Psychiatric medications are an important part of treatment for many people with mental disorders, such as depression, bipolar disorder, ADHD, schizophrenia, anxiety, and others. They play an important role in helping to alleviate the most serious symptoms, allowing people to better focus on their lives and on other treatment types, such as psychotherapy. Psychiatric medications are an important part of many people’s treatment plans for obtaining the most effective treatment for a mental health concern or mental illness. It’s good to know what drugs are being prescribed most often for mental disorders in the U.S...
Source: World of Psychology - December 15, 2019 Category: Psychiatry & Psychology Authors: John M. Grohol, Psy.D. Tags: General Medications Psychiatry psychiatric meds psychiatric prescriptions Source Type: blogs

Company ’s Struggles Point Out Roadblocks to Digital Therapeutics Progress
Digital therapeutics — therapeutic interventions driven by software rather than pharmaceuticals – have been on pharma’s viewscreen for quite some time. It’s not hard to see the appeal of such technologies, which stand to meet the objectives of many groups within healthcare. For the pharmas, digital therapeutics offer a new product option well-suited to an […] (Source: EMR and HIPAA)
Source: EMR and HIPAA - December 12, 2019 Category: Information Technology Authors: Anne Zieger Tags: C-Suite Leadership Clinical EMR-EHR Genomics-Precision Medicine Healthcare IT Hospital - Health System Telemedicine and Remote Monitoring Abilify Mycite Digital Therapeutics Medication Compliance Novartis Otsuka Pear Therapeutics Source Type: blogs

The Curse of Delusional Parasitosis
​Delusional parasitosis is a rare condition, but it is more common where methamphetamine and cocaine abuse is high. It is a fascinating condition to witness; patients are convinced that their skin is infested with foreign organisms or materials despite incontrovertible evidence to the contrary.This condition is known by numerous names—Ekbom syndrome, delusory parasitosis, psychogenic parasitosis, delusional parasitosis, delusional ectoparasitosis, formication, chronic tactile hallucinosis, dermatophobia, parasitophobia, and cocaine bugs—but delusional parasitosis and more recently delusional infestation are considere...
Source: M2E Too! Mellick's Multimedia EduBlog - September 29, 2018 Category: Emergency Medicine Tags: Blog Posts Source Type: blogs

Trial, Meet Error: The Story of a Pharmacy Regular
“Why isn’t this medication working?” me in 2002. “Why isn’t this medication working?” me in 2018. When the university nurse first prodded me to consider medication, I hesitated before eventually relenting. My reasoning: While this little white pill may not be my salvation, it surely can’t hurt. Or can it? Over the past 16 years, my medication history is longer than a typical Catholic wedding. A is for Abilify, B is for Buspar, C is for Clonazepam…and, well, you get the idea. Medication, I naively hoped, would be a cure-all — a foolproof remedy for intrusive, tormenting thoughts. And while m...
Source: World of Psychology - September 22, 2018 Category: Psychiatry & Psychology Authors: Matthew Loeb Tags: Antidepressant Anxiety and Panic Depression Medications Personal Source Type: blogs

What's Caught My Attention Lately....
It's been just about a month since I last posted here, and what a month it's been.  I was away for a couple of weeks on a wonderful family vacation to Vietnam and Cambodia.  While it was a mostly psychiatry-free trip, the sign above did grab my attention.  It was a sign at the ecolodge where we were staying in Mai Chau, a rural area of Vietnam where water buffalo are still used as work animals in the rice paddies.  Why are persons with mental illness not permitted in the pool?  I have no idea, but it seems that stigma is rampant everywhere.  So do let me give links to the things I've been...
Source: Shrink Rap - March 1, 2018 Category: Psychiatry Authors: Dinah Source Type: blogs

What's Caught My Attention Lately....
It ' s been just about a month since I last posted here, and what a month it ' s been.  I was away for a couple of weeks on a wonderful family vacation to Vietnam and Cambodia.  While it was a mostly psychiatry-free trip, the sign above did grab my attention.  It was a sign at the ecolodge where we were staying in Mai Chau, a rural area of Vietnam where water buffalo are still used as work animals in the rice paddies.  Why are persons with mental illness not permitted in the pool?  I have no idea, but it seems that stigma is rampant everywhere.  So do let me give links to the things I ' v...
Source: Shrink Rap - March 1, 2018 Category: Psychiatry Authors: Unknown Source Type: blogs

Will Medical Compliance Ever Become Non-Voluntary?
A recent article by Dr. Lisa Rosenbaum in the New England Journal of Medicine explored both the benefits and drawbacks of Digital Adherence Monitoring. The focus was on the FDA’s recent approval of Abilify MyCite, a medicine technology that combines the medication aripiprazole, used to treat various psychiatric diseases such as schizophrenia, certain features of bipolar disorder and depression, with a digital ingestion tracking system.... // Read More » (Source: blog.bioethics.net)
Source: blog.bioethics.net - January 16, 2018 Category: Medical Ethics Authors: Mark McQuain Tags: Health Care Allocation / Access / Public Health bioethics biotechnology Health Care Practice human dignity syndicated Source Type: blogs

Medgadget ’s Best Medical Technologies of 2017
We reported a surge in the use of augmented reality in healthcare at the end of 2016, with the trend continuing in 2017. Notably, Microsoft’s HoloLens was successfully used for spinal surgery applications by a surgical navigation company named Scopis. There are several advantages to this system including reduced radiation exposure of patients, improved screw placement accuracy, and decreased surgery times. It has been an exciting year for healthcare with many advances in how diseases are diagnosed, treated, and cured. Medical devices are constantly becoming smaller, smarter, cheaper, more precise and user friendly...
Source: Medgadget - December 26, 2017 Category: Medical Devices Authors: Editors Tags: Exclusive Source Type: blogs

The 10 Most Exciting Digital Health Stories of 2017
Gene-edited human embryo. Self-driving trucks. Practical quantum computers. 2017 has been an exciting year for science, technology – and digital health! It’s that time of the year again when it’s worth looking back at the past months; and list the inventions, methods and milestone events in healthcare to get a clearer picture what will shape medicine for the years to come. 2017 – Amazing year for science and healthcare Scientists, researchers, and innovators come up with amazing breakthroughs every year, and that was no different in 2017 either. No matter whether we look at physics (proving the existence of gra...
Source: The Medical Futurist - December 13, 2017 Category: Information Technology Authors: nora Tags: Future of Medicine 3d printing artificial intelligence digital health genetics genomics Healthcare Innovation Personalized medicine robotics technology wearables Source Type: blogs