Wexner Medical Center and Ohio State College of Medicine recently received a grant that includes support for delivering a validated mind-body health program through wearable devices and smartphones.

This new Mindfulness in Motion exercise prompting system being researched at Ohio State uses biofeedback to trigger program prompts to smartphones – enabling wearers to engage in mind-body interventions that have proven to reduce healthcare workforce burnout.

Biofeedback & Training On-The-Go

A recent study was led by co-principal investigators and Ohio State researchers Catherine Quatman-Yates, associate professor in the School of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences and Department of Orthopaedics, and Maryanna Klatt, director of integrative medicine and professor of family and community medicine, who developed MIM. 

The study, published in the Global Advances in Health and Medicine journal in December 2020, concluded that the biofeedback program significantly reduced burnout and increased resilience for a large healthcare system workforce navigating the novel challenges presented by a pandemic. 

Once users reach a given threshold of physiological readings from wearable biofeedback devices, they receive personalized prompts from their smartphones that encourage them to pause and engage in mind-body protective exercises.

Wexner Medical Center researchers will further the development of the university-designed health support platform to help reduce the state’s occurrence of work-related injuries. 

Broad Neurofeedback & Biofeedback Reach

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

During the onset of COVID-19, St. Luke’s University Health Network in Pennsylvania researched how cognitive behavioral therapy delivered over the internet – either through self-guided or coached interventions – could help healthcare workers. 

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

While some envision WCA for use in delivering augmented intelligence to surgeons, any use in the short term relies on 5G. The Department of Justice and its partner AT&T have developed the FirstNet 5G network, and hospitals are beginning to deploy private 5G networks for several use cases.

Lessons from COVID-19

The healthcare industry has learned a lot since the beginning of the pandemic about the need for methods to reduce work-related stress, anxiety, and burnout, and we’ll definitely see more innovative programs such as Mindfulness in Motion.

The focus on stress and burnout that occurred during the pandemic has made grants and funded studies easier to come by. This will definitely help fund better & better ways to monitor biofeedback and neurofeedback training regiments in the future. The ability to have these apps & results monitored by a doctor also adds a layer of accuracy and professionalism.

Neurofeedback Training at NHA

Here at Neurohealth Associates, we specialize in Neurofeedback training. Neurofeedback may be helpful for training your mind, especially if you are unsure about putting yourself or your child on medication. 

This easy, noninvasive training can painlessly improve your mental health condition and outlook on life. Schedule a consultation with NeuroHealth Associates today and find out how we can help you.

Original information posted by Healthcare IT News.

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