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By Mallory Hackett 01:09 pm September 15, 2020
Virtual reality opioid overdose prevention programs can be just as effective as in-person training to give people the knowledge and confidence to administer naloxone, according to a study conducted by the University of Pennsylvania and the Philadelphia Department of Public Health. Naloxone, also called Narcan or Evzio, is a prescription medication created to rapidly reverse opioid overdoses. All...
By Laura Lovett 01:17 pm June 1, 2020
Looking to the opioid use disorder space the National Institutes of Health has given Roundtrip, a software platform for organizing medical transport, a $252,000 Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) Phase I grant in order to look at the impact of transportation on OUD treatment. Specifically, the study will be zeroing in on appointment show-rates and patient experiences. Roundtrip, the...
By Dave Muoio 04:16 pm May 14, 2020
Consumer health company Welltok announced today that it will be including remote condition management programs from four new digital health services as part of its Connect Partner program. These four offerings include a Type 2 diabetes reversal program from Virta Health, a gut health program from Vivante Health, a telemedicine treatment program for addiction from Workit Health and a dietitian-...
By Laura Lovett 03:40 pm February 20, 2018
The University of Pennsylvania's Penn Medicine has been an active player in the telehealth game for sometime with multiple telehealth units, but last week it went a step further to announce that it will be centralizing its telemedicine activities into the Penn Medicine Center for Connected Care.  “Patients today increasingly expect to engage with health care providers with the same clickable...
By Heather Mack 02:37 pm October 28, 2016
A new project, funded by a grant from the National Institutes of Health, will investigate a personalized web app that is specifically designed to encourage young men at-risk for HIV and other sexually transmitted infections to get routine testing. The project, called “Get Connected,” will be carried out in collaboration with the nursing schools from the University of Pennsylvania and the...
By Jonah Comstock 10:22 am June 18, 2015
Personalized medicine was a hot topic at the BIO conference in Philadelphia, but in a session on digital health and patient engagement, payer and provider panelists also talked about how, in order to really drive medication and treatment adherence, patient engagement also has to be personalized. "You have to understand what are they worried about, what are their fears, what are they trying to do...
By Jonah Comstock 10:18 am June 10, 2015
Asking "Dr. Google" about a medical problem isn't just a questionable way to get good answers -- it's also a potential security risk, according to research by Tim Libert, a University of Pennsylvania doctoral student, who was recently featured on NPR's All Tech Considered. "Anything that is happening on the web today is pretty much completely unregulated," Libert told NPR's Robert Siegel. "There...
By Aditi Pai 10:18 am May 21, 2015
The University of Pennyslvania plans to conduct a study that will examine if social incentives improve adherence to home blood pressure monitoring in patients with hypertension, according to the study description posted at ClinicalTrials.gov. The patients involved in the trial will have a history of cerebral infarction and uncontrolled blood pressure. Researchers plan to recruit 90 people for the...
By Jonah Comstock 09:30 am March 19, 2015
Fitness wearables are big these days. Going on a tenth of the population has them, their visibility is on the rise through TV commercials, and even the President is talking about getting one. And, of course, the upcoming Apple Watch will feature fitness tracking functionality. So it's no surprise that headlines that take the wind out of wearables are, as Wired's Brent Rose puts it in a new piece...
By Jonah Comstock 12:33 pm March 11, 2013
Last month, Vitality made their GlowCap pill container caps available for direct-to-consumer purchase from CVS. The company has also been quietly developing a new product, the Vitality GlowPack, a customizable pouch which provides similar functionality to the GlowCap. The advantage to the GlowPack is that it can be used it for medications larger than pills. CVS Caremark and Vitality GlowCaps are...