Connected Care is the New Managed Care

    Digital Health Corner Editor: Parisa Vatanka, PharmD, CTTS Technological advancements have made so many things in life fun, convenient, and accessible in recent decades, including health care. As health care has become increasingly complex and somewhat difficult for patients to navigate, the integration of technology into the ways we approach health and wellness …

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Pharmacists’ Responsibility in Assessing the Value of Digital Tools for their Patients

      Digital Health Corner Editor: Parisa Vatanka, PharmD, CTTS Over 350,000 health-related mobile apps and thousands of additional digital health products and services have entered the market in the last decade, now reaching approximately 250 new apps every day [1]. Partially driven by the COVID-19 pandemic and relaxed FDA regulations, funding provided to …

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Digital Therapeutics and the Pharmacist’s Emerging Role

    Digital Health Corner Editor: Parisa Vatanka, PharmD, CTTS You might know some colleagues that are infectious disease pharmacists, critical care pharmacists, nuclear pharmacists, oncology pharmacists, the list goes on – you might even identify as one of these yourself! But what if I introduced myself to you as “John Little, digital therapeutics pharmacist” …

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Will You Use My Technology?

  Digital Health Corner Editor: Parisa Vatanka, PharmD, CTTS Technology has been revolutionizing our world and is not going to stop. Computers, video calls, smartphones, digital maps, the human genome project, Bluetooth, 3D printing, the Mars rover, self-driving cars, and countless medical devices have all made our lives easier and more informed. It is unfathomable …

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A Step Closer to Individualizing Drug Therapy

  Digital Health Corner Editor: Parisa Vatanka, PharmD, CTTS Digital health describes the convergence of digital technologies with health and healthcare to enhance efficiency and outcomes of health care delivery. It aims to make medicine more precise and personalized. Isn’t medicine already precise and personalized? Not quite. That’s why medication optimization strategies for individualizing drug …

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Digital Clinical Measures Micro-Playbook for Pharmacists Launched

  Digital Health Corner Editor: Parisa Vatanka, PharmD, CTTS There continues to be an exponential rise in health and technology innovation in which a shared, common framework of language and best practices is essential to support collaboration among the range of stakeholders across the healthcare ecosystem. In 2020, the Digital Medicine Society (DiMe) led their …

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Pharmacies: Hubs for Decentralized Clinical Trials

  Digital Health Corner Editor: Parisa Vatanka, PharmD, CTTS The pandemic has highlighted a need for improved communication channels that help patients participate in clinical trials. Rather than ask patients to take time off of work and make long trips as a requirement of participation or just to find out they are not eligible to …

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Addressing Prediabetes Through Digital Pharmacy Engagement

    Digital Health Corner Editor: Parisa Vatanka, PharmD, CTTS Prediabetes is a major public health problem, and pharmacists can be part of the solution. Programs that embrace digital solutions like telehealth can address barriers to participation. They can be a tool in addressing this public health crisis. Programs that include accessibility and flexibility and …

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Remote Patient Monitoring: Moving from Episodic Care to Continuous Care

    Digital Health Corner Editor: Parisa Vatanka, PharmD, CTTS IMAGINE there was a better way to monitor medication therapy! As healthcare providers, we lack visibility into what happens between patient visits. Often, despite our best efforts to manage therapy, such as for patients with asthma, issues can go undetected until the patient shows-up at …

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Student Pharmacists Preparing for Emerging Roles in Digital Health

    Digital Health Corner Editor: Parisa Vatanka, PharmD, CTTS Early last year I was making the rounds at an event in San Francisco, when I came across a group of students with “PharmD candidates” written on their nametags. I introduced myself, truly interested in how they found their way to networking in a crowd …

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