Integrating Personalized Technology in Toxicology: Sensors, Smart Glass, and Social Media Applications in Toxicology Research

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Department of Emergency Medicine, Division of Medical Toxicology

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Emergency Medicine | Health Information Technology | Medical Toxicology


Rapid proliferation of mobile technologies in social and healthcare spaces create an opportunity for advancement in research and clinical practice. The application of mobile, personalized technology in healthcare, referred to as mHealth, has not yet become routine in toxicology. However, key features of our practice environment, such as frequent need for remote evaluation, unreliable historical data from patients, and sensitive subject matter, make mHealth tools appealing solutions in comparison to traditional methods that collect retrospective or indirect data. This manuscript describes the features, uses, and costs associated with several of common sectors of mHealth research including wearable biosensors, ingestible biosensors, head-mounted devices, and social media applications. The benefits and novel challenges associated with the study and use of these applications are then discussed. Finally, opportunities for further research and integration are explored with a particular focus on toxicology-based applications.


UMCCTS funding, Biosensors, Drugs of abuse, Smart glass, Social media, mHealth

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J Med Toxicol. 2017 Jun;13(2):166-172. doi: 10.1007/s13181-017-0611-y. Epub 2017 Apr 12. Link to article on publisher's site

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Journal of medical toxicology : official journal of the American College of Medical Toxicology

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