A new biofeedback-driven health support app can relieve fatigue

the new alertness in motion The exercise motivation system being researched at Ohio State uses biofeedback to trigger software prompts on smartphones—allowing wearers to engage in mind-body interventions that have been shown to reduce healthcare workforce fatigue.

why does it matter

The Ohio Office of Workers’ Compensation awarded The Ohio State University College of Medicine and Wexner Medical Center a $1.48 million grant for workforce safety innovations that support several frontline industries, including healthcare.

A state grant is funding in part the Buckeye Pause Package: Increased State of Mind and Body as Best PPE, a study led by co-principal investigators and researchers at Ohio State Katherine Quattman Yates, associate professor in the College of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences and Department of Orthopedic Surgery, and Marianna Klatt, director of integrative medicine and professor Family and Community Medicine, which developed MIM.

Klatt developed and validated MIM intervention program resilience tools to enhance well-being and functionality while mitigating the effects of chronic stress.

Since 2004, I have worked with healthcare professionals, cancer patients, primary care providers, and students, but during the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic, MIM has been integrated throughout Wexner Medical Center.

The studypublished in Global advances in health and medicine The Journal in December 2020 concluded the program has significantly reduced burnout and increased resilience for a large healthcare system workforce that navigates the new challenges presented by the pandemic.

Once users reach a certain threshold of physiological readings from wearable biofeedback devices, they receive personalized prompts from their smartphone encouraging them to pause and engage in mind-body protecting exercises.

“Includes the development of self-contained, soundproofed exercise lounge pods to provide support during an intense stress, busy work environment,” Klatt said in the announcement.

Wexner Medical Center researchers will develop a health support platform designed by the university to help reduce the incidence of work-related injuries in the state.

“WSIC Fellowship leverages a methodology that drives the intentional maturity of concepts from idea to prototype,” said Sandy Golden. “The BWC believes in investing in innovators/researchers, through collaboration with industry partners, to turn ideas into viable technical and commercial solutions for the powers that be.” Sitra, MEP, from the Basel Convention’s Workforce Safety Innovation Center.

The biggest trend

Other researchers have also focused on reducing healthcare staff burnout with digital health tools.

During the onset of COVID-19, the St. Luke’s University of Pennsylvania Health Network researched how to do this Cognitive behavioral therapy delivered online – either through self-directed or trained interventions – can help healthcare workers.

The study found that clinical severity decreased with programs targeting depression and anxiety, and the program achieved a 97% satisfaction rate among the 3,000 employees and spouses who used it.

Deloitte, which released a report on potential uses for Wearable cognitive aidindicates that technology can improve human safety and well-being and enhance the quality of work.

While some envision using WCA to offer surgeons enhanced intelligence, such as Healthcare Information Technology News We discussed with Apan Tiwari, managing director of Deloitte, in September any short-term use based on 5G.

“Low-latency wireless plus edge for indoor use is ready for prime time now,” Tiwari said.

FirstNet 5G network was developed by the Department of Justice and its partner AT&T Hospitals have started deploying private 5G networks for many use cases.

On the record

“The healthcare industry has learned a lot since the start of the pandemic about the need for ways to reduce work-related stress, anxiety and burnout, and we are proud to offer innovative programs such as Mindfulness in Motion,” said Dr. Andrew. Thomas, interim co-leader and chief clinical officer for Ohio State Wexner Medical Center, in a statement.

“We have excellent healthcare providers, and these programs help ensure that we take care of them in the same way they take care of our patients,” he said. “Supporting our team’s well-being helps them be the best they can be and provide excellent, patient-centered care.”

Andrea Fox is Senior Editor, Healthcare News for IT.
Email: afox@himss.org

Healthcare IT News is a HIMSS publication.

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