Depression measurement tool
INDIANAPOLIS, IN—A large international study of the clinical measurement tool PHQ-9 shows that it accurately indicates the presence (or lack) and severity of depression, assisting in a diagnosis. Kurt Kroenke, M.D., a co-author of the new study, is the developer of the PHQ-9, a Regenstrief Institute Research Scientist, and an Indiana University School of Medicine faculty member.
Medicare literacy through tech
MINNEAPOLIS, MN—Software startup Icario, a new brand from Revel and NovuHealth, has launched a program to help Medicaid and Medicare plans improve broadband access and digital literacy for their members. The program, called Digital Bridge, focuses on three areas: devices, broadband access, and technical support.
Program partners University of Louisville researchers with companies
LOUISVILLE, KY—The Pandemic-Related Product Acceleration & Responsive Entrepreneurship Program (PRePARE) partners University of Louisville researchers with companies and members of the community to scale up innovative ideas in the realm of health and socioeconomic problems. New projects this year include data-driven treatment for eating disorders and virtual reality software for listening with hearing aids.
Wearable sensor detects gases released from skin
COLUMBUS, OH—A new study out of The Ohio State University suggests that a wearable sensor may be able to monitor the body’s health by detecting the gases released from a person’s skin. The final product of the team’s research would be a small device a person could wear on low-sweat body locations, like behind the ear or on the nails.
Courses in telehealth for health care providers
PITTSBURGH, PA—The pandemic quickly pushed telehealth into the limelight. But physicians are learning that virtual primary care is not just a normal visit done over video chat. Now universities are offering telehealth courses in their healthcare-focused degree programs. Chatham University in Pittsburgh announced its four-course telehealth certificate program, available to providers on its own or as part of the school’s Master of Science in Healthcare Informatics degree.
AI assists in evaluating bladder cancer
ANN ARBOR, MI—When treating bladder cancer, health care providers often remove the organ to prevent the cancer from spreading or regrowing. But new research out of the University of Michigan Health Lab shows that this procedure may not be necessary. The study shows that an artificial intelligence-driven system assisted in evaluating bladder cancer patient responses to chemotherapy.