New technology, new medication and new treatments can help patients but can also be confusing to the staff and lead to medical malpractice. Every new year brings new challenges for hospitals and doctors. The ECRI institute just published its top 10 hospital watch list for 2018:
Last year the FDA approved reSET®, a prescription app for patients with substance-use disorders. Relying on cognitive-behavioral therapy, the app interacts with the patient to find out if the patient was using, to rate the patient’s craving and to rate his or her feeling. After a few weeks the app is able to turn the data into messages for the patient such as “your urge to do drugs might increase when you feel lonely”. Patients better understand what triggers their urge and doctors can use results for face to face meetings. This app was approved after the FDA found out in a 12 week trial that patients using the app stayed away from their addiction problem for much longer than those who din’t use the app. However the app didn’t show positive results for opiate addicts and therefore the FDA didn’t approve it for patients who used opiates. The manufacturer is working on a separate app for opiate use and is running trials.