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Combating the Opioid Crisis through Digital Health Innovation

06/28/2017 • Quell Team

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Digital health Summer Summit

Last week, our Founder & CEO, Dr. Shai Gozani had the opportunity to speak on a panel at the 2017 Digital Health Summer Summit in San Francisco. Joined by Beth Rogozinski of Pear Therapeutics and Howard Rose of Firsthand Technology, and moderated by Dr. Aenor Sayer of University of California, San Francisco, panel participants discussed how digital health innovations are confronting the opioid crisis head-on. From cutting-edge virtual reality, to innovative wearables and the latest in digital therapeutics, panelists had the chance to exchange ideas on the very important role technology plays in one of today’s biggest national healthcare challenges.

Those living with pain already know that treatment options haven’t changed much over the decades, and opioids or prescription medication are often the go-to approach to find relief. Because of this, there is a huge opportunity to bring real change to the market. That’s exactly what we are aiming to do here at NeuroMetrix, and it’s inspiring to hear from others who share a similar mission.

With digital technologies, we can enable those with chronic pain to have access to safer, non-pharmacological options for relief with minimal to no side effects. Rather than having to rely on just medication, digital innovations are enabling the millions of Americans living with chronic pain to have more options in how they want to manage their conditions. These technologies can also help reduce reliance on prescription medications, which is key in helping to reduce the need for opioids in the first place.

While it is not to say that prescription medication doesn’t play an important role in the treatment for chronic pain, these digital innovations are challenging old school thinking of “take two pills and call me in the morning”.

Thanks to the Digital Health Summit organizers for including us and for continuing to bring together the thought leaders who are shaping the future of connected health.

About The Author
Quell Team

The Quell Team is comprised of members of the Marketing, Engineering and Customer Care teams at NeuroMetrix. We are committed to empowering people living with chronic pain to regain a high quality of life. We believe that life shouldn’t be defined by a condition. We believe that no one should have to settle for crippling side effects and we imagine a future where therapies are accessible, available and usable for anyone who needs it.

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