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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Is COVID-19 the Perfect Storm for Re-Designing the Healthcare Infrastructure?

    Digital Health Corner Editor: Parisa Vatanka, PharmD, CTTS The COVID-19 pandemic we are currently facing is a wakeup call for the entire healthcare industry. How is it that with the tremendous medical advances and technologies that have emerged, we are still practicing sick care? Around the globe, waiting rooms in hospitals are overwhelmed, …

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The Future Role of Pharmacists

    Digital Health Corner Editor: Parisa Vatanka, PharmD, CTTS In a world of constant technological advances, the field of digital health is growing rapidly, and it is impacting both patients and pharmacists. I recall back in pharmacy school when we held ‘brown bag’ days for patients who brought in all their prescription medications as …

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Digital Health Solutions Can Help Us Help Our Patients

    Digital Health Corner Editor: Parisa Vatanka, PharmD, CTTS Digital Health can appear quite overwhelming for pharmacists unfamiliar with the landscape. Perhaps one of the easiest ways to approach the subject is to treat Digital Health as an umbrella term that encompasses multiple areas that may already be familiar to you. This can include …

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