Purdue Pharma unveils opioid abuse prevention website
STAMFORD, Conn. — Purdue Pharma is launching a new effort to prevent opioid abuse. The company on Monday announced its new Team Against Opioid Abuse website that’s meant to instruct people about how to reduce opioid abuse and misuse and inform about abuse-deterrent technologies.
The website includes sections about the importance of preventing abuse of prescription drugs and outlines the Food and Drug Administrations guidelines on abuse-deterrent labeling. For healthcare professionals, the site also includes information on how to identify opioid formulations with abuse-deterrent properties for healthcare professionals.
“Education about the proper use of opioid analgesics is a top priority at Purdue Pharma,” Purdue Pharma’s VP health polify, J. David Haddox, said. “Everyone on the team should understand their role and responsibilities, so they can do their part in combating abuse of opioids, while ensuring their availability for appropriate purposes. Opioids with abuse-deterrent properties are one tool to help the team in their efforts in fighting drug abuse.
Avera Health, Hy-Vee to offer kiosks, mobile clinic
SIOUX FALLS — Avera Health and Hy-Vee on Friday announced an expanded partnership to offer AveraNow convenience and wellness clinics and kiosks in four Hy-Vee Sioux Falls stores, in addition to a Healthy You Mobile vehicle.
Healthy You Mobile contains two exam rooms to provide health information and screenings. With Hy-Vee dietitians and pharmacists staffing the vehicle, it will also provide information about Avera Health Plans for people looking to purchase insurance.
“As we look ahead to the future of health care, access to convenient and affordable services will be more important than ever, as well as prevention,” Dr. David Basel, medical director of Avera Medical Group, said. “Avera is proud to be on the leading edge with new innovations, and we’re pleased to work with Hy-Vee to offer more access points for the population we care for.”
The AveraNow clinics will be staffed by healthcare professionals and will connect patients with a provider via a virtual visit, the company said. Kiosks are equipped with biometric and remote examination devices, such as an otoscope and blood pressure cuff to stream information to the provider.
Patients can also access through their smartphone, tablet or laptop, by downloading free apps offered through the iTunes App Store, Google Play and other Android-based app distributors or by going to Avera.org/now.
College students invent remote health monitoring system
WICHITA, Kan. — Wichita State University biomedical engineering students have invented a remote health monitoring system called Mobile HealthLink, which allows physicians to check on patients with a programmable smartwatch.
The team, which consists of Linh Vu, Brandon Bartlett and Travis Vo, won third place in the university’s Shocker NewVenture Competition in May. Sponsored by Via Christi HOPE, the product facilitates communication between physicians and patients, and is customized for particular ailments.
"Patients with chronic illnesses often need to be constantly monitored regarding their health status," Vu said. "They benefit from the convenience of decreased frequent doctor visits and ultimately experience better health and increased quality of life."
The system allows patients to limit unnecessary visits to doctors, while remaining communication with them, and also reduces costs for Program of All-Inclusive Care for the Elderly organizations, Wichita State University said.
"Through our product, we hope to tear down the barrier between physicians and technology and enable physicians to practice medicine using technology," Vu said.
The team is currently seeking investors and are beta testing their prototype at Via Christi HOPE and Advanced Orthopedic Associates, according to Wichita State University.
The software only works with Pebble smartwatches, but the team hopes to expand its compatibility to other smartwatches