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Digital Therapeutics Enhancing or replacing our medication? What if an app or device could replace a pill…? It may sound like a futuristic question, but it is in fact a very actual option. Digital Therapeutics may be the key answer to optimizing dosing of drugs. Or not taking drugs at all! Digital therapeutics are a new category of apps and tools that help to treat a medical or psychological condition. It’s a promising way to engage people through online technology to for instance monitor their behaviour or to help to improve their health. You could call it digitally guided therapy. 

 Increasingly these therapeutic apps and tools can be prescribed like traditional medication. For example to help and encourage patients to follow a diet or to stick to an exercise program. Applications often include clinical assessment, patient reported outcomes and clinician monitoring dashboards. Both for patients and healthcare providers, digital therapeutics will add new possibilities to clinical practice and treatment. Digital therapeutics are being developed to treat many types of ailments, like diabetes, obesity, COPD and psychiatric diseases. Virtual reality therapy may for example guide anxiety patients through fearful situations. Or EEG headbands, which may help a person to relax, preventing an episode of migraine to happen. There are many more potential benefits. For example, healthcare systems and insurers may save money by adopting digital therapies, and the combination with the drugs could be more effective than traditional treatments. Also the newly available data, can inform a broader set of health providers in the care chain, thus open up the way to a more holistic approach in treatment. Over time, digital therapeutics are expected to be seamlessly integrated with most health-related activities, including medication regimens. They might even become the standard of care, as digital therapeutics always need to go through rigorous clinical testing, leading to a regulatory approval to demonstrate safety and efficacy. Will digital therapeutics enhance the future of medication treatments? Time will tell. Fact is that they are valued already by a lot of patients. One thing we know for sure: the future of digital pharmaceutical care has only just begun…

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People need help, and the medications aren't enough. Novartis teams are working on digital therapeutics increasingly, and the belief is that this is going to be another important aspect of treating illnesses beside the traditional approach with drugs. (upbeat music) - We have our phones with us all the time. We all know that phones have the ability to change our behavior. Really the last two decades has seen the advent of researchers and investigators understanding the potential of software to deliver neurobehavioral interventions. And what we see now is these actually starting to emerge as treatments that actually can be used in the real world. - And we're doing this study in schizophrenia, which is a tough condition to treat. If it works there, it'll probably work in lots of other conditions. - While existing drugs will focus on some of the symptoms that particularly have to do with, say, hallucinations or delusions, many of these patients really struggle with their functioning in everyday life. And so a prescription digital therapeutic, for example, can help patients to understand areas where their thinking or their behavior may really be inflicting self-harm, and then developing skills and approaches and techniques that can help them. - Patients have the experience that when they're interacting with the app, the app seems to be engaging with them as if it was a person. And they're not just playing around with their phone, they're actually learning something about their illness. - We've seen patients who used to think that somebody was touching their food in their refrigerator, and every day would throw out all their food, and now have gone to not throwing out their food at all. So these types of functioning are actually really important to patients' lives, and this is a unique and complementary aspect to traditional medication. - We are interested in finding out whether these digital therapeutics work one way or the other, based on data. It could allow us to really be able to provide psychosocial interventions to patients, psychotherapies and other behavioral interventions, in a very effective and accessible way that we can't do now. We are extending our collaboration with Pear beyond schizophrenia. There are lots of chronic medical illnesses, like diabetes, high blood pressure, multiple sclerosis, et cetera, in which patients have anxiety and depressive symptoms. It turns out if you improve that, then the medical illness gets better. - Prescription digital therapeutics is an approach that actually can complement or enhance existing treatments and standard of care. So it's a way to hopefully boost outcomes across disease areas, where there's needs. And we are writing the playbook.

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now to help people minimize contact with others during this outbreak firms have been developing medical treatments that can be done remotely some of these involve special new devices while others use ones we already have like smartphones Kim bo-gyung tells us more digital therapeutics are a type of software that is clinically regulated and designed to treat certain diseases without patients needing to see a doctor the technology uses behavioral therapy to treat the patient based on their active engagement throughout the process the smart belt made by the company welt diagnosis of disease called sarcopenia and has a fall risk assessment feature which won a 2020 CES Innovation Award sarcopenia which is decreasing muscle in the aging population can cause to fall and through the belt we can predict and we can measure gait pattern including gain speed and gait balance and we can diagnosis sarcopenia risk and we can calculate the risk of fall before they fall a patient can start the three-month treatment program afterwards by using an app which helps improve their muscle condition another type of digital therapy by a company named life semantics is ready to be launched - this mobile application FL breast is also a type of digital therapeutic that enables patients with respiratory diseases to do the optimal amount of remedial exercise but recording their health conditions such as oxygen levels AppleCare helps patients with cancer recover their strength by providing guidelines on remedial exercises pills and diet based on their condition the CEO says South Korea could have a head start given that it is good at fusing together different technologies digital therapeutics is a fusion service missing the existing medical products services and clinical knowledge so South Korea might have an advantage since not all patients can go to medical centers using these tools at home could fit efficient and effective allocation of medical resources such tools based on sophisticated algorithms are likely to become more common in the future enabling patients to better monitor their health Kim bo-gyung and iran news