Recent research studies demonstrate that patients want to use technology to increase their access to health care services. In 2013, nearly two trillion text messages were sent within the United States alone and numerous studies were published demonstrating the utility and efficacy of text messaging patients to help them manage their chronic conditions. In addition, several patients in a recent study reported using a mobile app to help manage a health issue.
This workshop discusses patients’ acceptability of technology-based SBIRT as well as highlights several studies that went on to demonstrate patients’ use of continuing support, tracking, and reminder features available especially with many of the text-based technologies.
Nancy A. Roget, MS, is the Executive Director of the Center for the Application of Substance Abuse Technologies (CASAT) at the University of Nevada, Reno, a grant-funded organization providing training and technical assistance in substance abuse prevention, treatment, and recovery with an annual budget over 4 million dollars. She is the Project Director for several federal (CDC, and SAMHSA) and state grants. Recently, she was awarded the National Frontier and Rural ATTC grant with a focus on telehealth technologies. During her tenure she has created innovative initiatives, including an online minor in addiction counseling and prevention services. Previously, she directed community-based substance abuse treatment programs for adolescents and their family members for 14 years. She has written training manuals and peer-reviewed journal articles. Ms. Roget has devoted her entire professional career (36 years) to the substance abuse treatment profession working as a counselor, treatment coordinator, executive director, trainer, lecturer, project manager, and principal investigator.