Thanks to the advances in digital technologies, the global healthcare industry has witnessed many changes in recent years. While electronic health records have been developed for better treatment and health monitoring both inside and outside clinics and hospitals, digital therapeutics (DTx) is an emerging type of medical therapy and are defined as evidence-based therapeutic interventions for patients by means of qualified software programs to prevent, manage, or treat medical conditions. As a software-based treatment, DTx allows patients to access care from remote areas and increase treatment effectiveness through better adherence to therapy. Additionally, DTx facilitates real-time monitoring and timely interventions that improve the efficiency of care delivery. Remarkably, anxiety disorders are one of the most promising interventional targets for DTx across all mental health conditions. Thus, specific clinical issues about anxiety disorders and selected clinical applications of DTx countering the disorders are highlighted in the Feature Story.
Most of the working population spends significant time in the workplace. Essentially, a broad scope of risk factors or triggers of asthma occurs in various workplaces and workers’ exposure to the risk factors would potentially induce or worsen asthma. Given the vast proportion of the working class both locally and globally, the impacts of work-related asthma (WRA) are noteworthy. The roles of various stakeholders, including employees, employers and healthcare professionals, in controlling WRA are discussed in the Focus session.
Besides, the pharmacological management of major depressive disorder and multiple myeloma will be discussed in this issue. On the other hand, innovative treatment for rapid control of abnormal postpartum uterine bleeding and the clinical benefits of optimised HPV detection will be highlighted in the Industry Updates session. In the Epoch session, selected issues on melioidosis, sick building syndrome, and body dysmorphic disorder will be discussed.
While we are celebrating the fourth anniversary of V·Pulse, we would like to thank all of our readers and sponsors for the continuous support. The valuable contributions of all experts interviewed are deeply appreciated. I would also like to thank the Production Team of V·Pulse for their outstanding effort on this amazing publication.
Hope you enjoy this issue!
Dr. Roy Yuen-chi Lau
PhD, DBA, FRSPH, MIET, MRSC, MSB, CBiol, CSci, MRACI CChem
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