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New biofeedback-driven health support app could alleviate burnout

Ohio State’s new Mindfulness In Motion exercise prompting system uses biofeedback to trigger smartphone program prompts. This allows wearers to engage with mind-body interventions that have been proven to decrease healthcare worker burnout.

WHY IT MATERS

The Ohio Bureau of Worker’s Compensation (BWC), awarded $1.48 million to the Ohio State University College of Medicine, and Wexner Medical Center for safety innovations in workforce safety supporting several frontline industries including healthcare.

The state grants partially fund The Buckeye Pause Bundle – Augmenting State of Mind and body as the Ultimate PE. This study was led by Catherine QuatmanYates, associate professor at the School of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences and Department of Orthopaedics and Maryanna Klatt director of integrative medicine and professor of community and family medicine who created MIM.

Klatt created and validated MIM’s resilience tools for enhancing wellbeing and functionality, while reducing the effects of chronic stress.

She has been working with primary caregivers, students, healthcare professionals and cancer patients since 2004. However, MIM was introduced to Wexner Medical Center during the COVID-19 pandemic.

The study was published in the Global Advances in Health and Medicine journal in Dec 2020. It concluded that the program significantly reduced the amount of burnout and improved resilience for large healthcare workers who are trying to navigate the new challenges presented by a pandemic.

Users receive personalized prompts on their smartphones when they reach a threshold in physiological readings from wearable Biofeedback devices. These prompts encourage them to pause, take a deep breath, and then engage in mind-body protection exercises.

Klatt stated that the announcement included the creation of soundproof, stand-alone mind-body exercise pods to offer support in stressful work environments.

Researchers at Wexner Medical Center will continue to develop the university-designed health-support platform in order to reduce the state’s incidence of work-related injuries.

“The WSIC grant leverages an approach that encourages the deliberate maturation and prototyping of ideas from conception to production. BWC believes in investing in innovators/researchers, through the collaboration with industry partners, to transform ideas into viable technical and commercial workforce solutions,” said Sandi Golden-Vest, MEP, chief of BWC’s Workforce Safety Innovation Center.

THE BIGGER TREND

Others have also looked at how digital tools can be used to reduce healthcare worker burnout.

St. Luke’s University Health Network, Pennsylvania, investigated how cognitive behavior therapy delivered via the internet – either self-guided interventions or coached interventions – could be used to help healthcare workers.

Study results showed that patients with anxiety and depression had lower clinical acuity, and that the program was a success rate of 97% among those 3,000 spouses who used it.

Deloitte released a report about the potential uses wearable cognitive assist. It indicated that the technology could improve safety and well-being, as well as the quality of work.

WCA is being considered for delivery of augmented intelligence to surgeons by some, but any practical use in the near-term depends on 5G. Healthcare IT News discussed this in September with Apan Tiwari (Managing Director for Deloitte).

Tiwari stated that “low-latency wireless plus an edge for indoor use are ready for primetime now.”

The FirstNet 5G network was developed by the Department of Justice with AT&T as its partner. hospitals have begun to deploy private 5G networks in several use cases.

ON THE REPORT

“The healthcare sector has learned a lot about the need to reduce stress and anxiety at work since the outbreak of the pandemic, and we’re proud that we offer innovative programs like Mindfulness in Motion,” said Dr. Andrew Thomas (interim co-leader and chief medical officer for Ohio State Wexner Health Center).

He said, “We have exceptional healthcare providers, so these programs help us ensure they’re taking care of our patients in the same way we do.” “Supporting the wellbeing of our team helps them to be their best and provide excellent, patient-centered care.”

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