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DIgital placebo

Digital placebo: Why it matters and what makes a good one?

Traditionally a placebo is an inert substance or treatment which is not designed to have a therapeutic value. In clinical trial it serves as a control and patients usually aren’t aware if they are taking it or the experimental therapy (this condition is called blindness). Should digital medicine consider a digital placebo too? Why placebo ...

Will digital therapeutics replace drugs?

Can an app replace traditional drugs? This is the question asked, often in a sceptical way because it seems too futuristic. The brief answer is: not generally speaking but they may… replace drugs in specific situations, with selected patients’ settings reduce treatments duration or dosages act as preventing medicine 1. Replacing drugs with digital therapies ...
Better sleep with digital therapies

How an app can improve your sleep (in a scientifically proven way) 

Insomnia: an overlooked disorder Insomnia is the most common sleep disorder, affecting about 1 adult in 4, although prevalence estimates may vary according to the definition used. A simplistic definition based on DSM-5 criteria for insomnia could be: Difficulty initiating or maintaining sleep or early-morning awakening that leads to dissatisfaction with sleep quantity or quality, ...
Akili Project: EVO digital therapeutic

Can video games treat diseases?

Do you prefer a pill or playing a video game?   This may become a not so weird question you’ll heard from your doctor in the near future. Indeed, at least for children with ADHD (attention deficit and hyperactivity disorders), Akili Interactive developed and validated through randomized controlled trials a potential prescription treatment. It is ...
Safety of digital therapeutics

Are digital therapeutics really effective? Are they safe?

Effectiveness and safety of digital therapeutics are extremely important factors to be assessed. The brief answer is yes, since by definition a digital therapeutic must be evidence-based. But what define a proper evidence? And how can we be sure that a specific health claim is supported by evidence? The gold standard for evidence generation in ...
AI and digital therapeutics are stealing your job?

Will AI and digital therapeutics steal healthcare professionals’ jobs?

A pretty common concern about artificial intelligence (AI) and digital therapeutics regards job security. Are AI and DTx stealing healthcare professionals’ jobs? (Or will  steal our jobs in the near future?) The day I started writing this article I was explaining my sister what are digital therapeutics or digital health in a broader sense. We ...