The cure? Your smartphone reminds you

Cura dal telefono

Remote care, technology, computerized systems that deliver care.

The future of medicine is also this, with systems that allow you to remember how much and how to take the therapies or even treatments provided thanks to technology.

On the subject, at SaluTO – Medicine and Wellness, Filippo Molinari, full professor of electronic and computer bioengineering at the Polytechnic of Turin and Paolo Fonio, full professor of Radiology at the University of Turin.

What is digital therapy

Recently the FDA, the American body that controls drugs, has given the green "light" to the first digital therapy for the treatment of chronic insomnia in people over 22 years of age. The treatment in practice “administers” through this device a personalized neuro-behavioral approach, based on cognitive behavioral therapy and on the guidelines of scientific societies. Obviously, to get to give the green light, the American body required scientific evidence of efficacy, which came through two studies published in Jama Psychiatry and Lancet Psychiatry, which made it clear how this digital therapy approach has managed to improve the falling asleep and the negative risk of awakening at night. There is a device to "deliver" the treatment. In the US, other digital therapies are already available, indicated for example to treat some forms of addiction and even certain annoyances related to anticancer treatments. In Germany, then, a computer program has been assisting those suffering from depression for some time, both alone and associated with classic psychotherapy in the office. Perhaps, to have fun, in the future the treatments could also come from a video game designed for the occasion.

Care from the phone

Thoughts and care travel together

The approach which is based on the assumption that there is a close relationship between thoughts, emotions and behaviors and which provides the patient with the tools to manage emotions and change negative beliefs and misperceptions of the mind. But beware: these therapies should not be seen alone. Rather, they can represent an integration or even complement the classic ways of administering care.

The cure? Your smartphone reminds you

Live web – Friday 25 September 2020 – 7.00 pm

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