Reflections on NDC’s ‘Patient Connections’

The 22nd Annual Mayo Clinic Nicotine Dependence Conference entitled “Patient Connections” was held in Rochester Minnesota on April 13 and 14.  The conference presenters and themes were selected to explore the possibilities and opportunities that emerging technologies provide for more effective connections with patients and more consistent treatment for patients who have tobacco use disorders.

Conference highlights included Dr. Megan Piper from the University of Wisconsin Center for Tobacco Research and Intervention who presented models for how the electronic health record can provide means to follow patients, evaluate past treatment outcomes, and assign patients to treatment based upon those past treatment outcomes.

Jenny Hapgood, vice vresident of Chrono Therapeutics, provided an overview of mobile phone applications for smoking cessation. While there are hundreds of apps and programs, the use of evidenced based treatment in these apps is rare. One of the messages from the conference is that we need to dramatically increase research and development of mobile technology to support smoking cessation.

Next year we are calling the annual conference the “Treatment Summit” which will be co-sponsored by the NDC and Global Bridges. The meeting will bring together U.S. and international health professionals with an interest in tobacco control and tobacco dependence treatment. The meeting agenda will address issues and trends in the international treatment field, delivered through keynote presentations, plenary sessions, and interactive workshops.

Save the date for the next NDC conference – May 22-24, 2016.

About the Author: J. Taylor Hays, M.D., is the Director of the Mayo Clinic Nicotine Dependence Center and Chair of Global Bridges and Michael Burke, Ed.D., C.T.T.S., is a Clinical and Education Coordinator with the Mayo Clinic Nicotine Dependence Center.