Every human has bad habits, but not everyone has a serious addiction. By the American Society of Addiction Medicine “аddiction” is defined as a treatable, chronic medical disease involving complex interactions among brain circuits, genetics, the environment, and an individual’s life experiences.
Two most widespread and common addictions are tobacco and alcohol. This fact is logically explained by their affordable price and accessibility for the majority of the population. However, developers of digital technologies take impressive measures to fight against them. Despite special pills, clinics, organisations, and doctors that specialize in helping people with these addictions, there are a lot of innovative accessible and affordable digital solutions such as devices, wearable trackers, apps, telehealth solutions that can contribute to the prevention and treatment of different addictions.
These digital tools and services can help to fight against addictions.
- BACtrack Skyn - wearable wrist device which offers continuous and non-invasive monitoring of a user’s BAC (Blood Alcohol Concentration). Alcohol is detected using a fuel-cell technology similar to that in devices used by law enforcement for roadside alcohol testing. With this device users can check whether they are approaching too high alcohol levels and stop themselves before drinking “one more shot”. The device connects to a smartphone via bluetooth to store data.
- CigFree Smart Band - a wearable device helping people to quit or significantly reduce smoking cigarettes. CigFree monitors smoking related functions in real time. Once it detects the movements of a regular smoke, a user receives an alert and is reminded through pre-recorded messages about the promise of quitting smoking (e.g. “I am healthy, a non-smoker. I enjoy living a beautiful nicotine-free life. My friends and family are proud of me”).
- Ria Health - telemedicine app which gives its members an access to doctors, addiction coaches, prescription medications, and 24/7 support. Besides, the Ria’s program uses a bluetooth breathalyzer to let people record their BAC every day. This data is turned into a chart, giving an accurate idea of their progress and after that this information can be also used by doctors in order to adjust care.
These digital measures can be easily integrated in people’s daily life, thus, it will make the process of analyzing personal condition more effective and permanent. Besides, people will better understand when their health is at risk. However, please remember that while fighting the addiction with the help of some innovative tools, you should not become digitally addicted.
The usage of wearables, digital devices, telehealth and mhealth services will be discussed by Alder Hey Children's Hospital, TU Dortmund University and Ferring Pharmaceuticals during the Healthcare Automation and Digitalization Congress AUTOMA+ 2021 on September 27-28, 2021.
Join the congress to discuss these and a lot of other digital solutions for building more accessible and affordable medicine.