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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Let’s Chat About Telepharmacy

    Digital Health Corner Editor: Parisa Vatanka, PharmD, CTTS Telepharmacy – much like telehealth – has grown immensely due to the COVID-19 pandemic out of the need to provide patients with safe and convenient access to a pharmacist. However, for many people the term “telepharmacy” is like the word “kombucha” – it’s commonly used …

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Gender Diversity is Key to Driving Digital Health Innovation

    Digital Health Corner Editor: Parisa Vatanka, PharmD, CTTS We are at a pivotal time in the evolution of healthcare delivery. Rapidly advancing technologies such as digital medicine, digital therapeutics, voice recognition, virtual reality, and even sensor-enabled “smart” clothing are being applied in healthcare. Artificial intelligence and machine learning are being leveraged to support …

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Artificial Intelligence in Healthcare – from Passive Customer to Active Designer of the Future

    Digital Health Corner Editor: Parisa Vatanka, PharmD, CTTS “Not everything that is faced can be changed, but nothing can be changed that isn’t faced.” – James Baldwin My father was a dentist, and I remember watching him treating his patients while a cigarette was quietly burning behind him – something unthinkable today. And …

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Designing Pharmacy’s Future Together

  Digital Health Corner Editor: Parisa Vatanka, PharmD, CTTS The Future is Now – Join the Conversation was the theme of the California Pharmacists Association’s inaugural digital health conference in October 2019. The aim was to increase awareness about the rapidly advancing field of health and technology and to explore its use in pharmacy practice. …

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Pharmacists are Integral Players in Consumer-Focused Digital Health

    Digital Health Corner Editor: Parisa Vatanka, PharmD, CTTS “Healthcare is so behind in technology!” I disagree. However, this sentiment may be commonly heard from consumers or even our colleagues. When discussing the advancements in health technology, the practice setting needs to be considered. Technology application within some settings may not be optimized yet, …

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