Innovation in Personalized Cannabis Care
February 16th, 2018
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Imagine walking into a dispensary for the first time to help alleviate a medical condition. You might come across dozens of different cannabis varieties. These products may be available in buds, oils, capsules, edibles, patches and other forms. And once you decide on the right product, you might receive different advice from different people about how much you should consume.
There are 779 different strains of cannabis being actively cultivated and differences between cannabinoid and terpene profiles, delivery mechanisms, and even an individual’s own metabolism can yield very different experiences between medical marijuana patients. This makes strain selection, delivery mechanisms, and dosing incredibly important for effective treatment of underlying medical conditions.
Resolve Digital Health Inc. aims to improve the patient experience by introducing a Smart Inhaler that allows patients to access the best strain for their condition and fine-tune the exact dose to their personal needs at any given point in time – a methodology they refer to as personalized medicine.
Personalized Medicine’s Potential
Western physicians have traditionally relied on a “one size fits all” approach when it comes to prescribing pharmaceuticals and treatments for their patients. This is rapidly changing with the introduction of personalized medicine, which tailors medical decisions, prescriptions, practices, and interventions to an individual rather than generalizing it to a population. The result is a vastly superior patient experience and clinical outcomes in most cases.
The global personalized medicine industry is projected to grow at a 9.4% compound annual growth rate to approximately $233.4 billion by 2025, according to Research and Markets. Some of the most prominent trends in the market include the rising use of biomarkers for personalized medicine cancer therapy, genomic medicine that incorporates a patient’s genetic profile, and medical devices that offer better diagnostic potential.
As the legal cannabis market matures, Resolve believes that personalized medicine will help improve outcomes given the significant variability between patients. The company’s Smart Inhaler brings the personalized medical advantages home to all manner of medical marijuana patients by suggesting appropriate dosing for an individual and even adjusting the suggestion based on the status of the patient’s condition at that particular time.
Resolve’s Unique Solution
Resolve Digital Health has designed a patient driven model whereby patients assert more control over their treatment in collaboration with their doctor and other healthcare professionals. Powered by artificial intelligence, the device learns about the patient, their condition and how they react to the cannabis treatments. It uses that information to personalize the treatment schedule and dosing suggestions.
The Smart Inhaler enables medical cannabis patients to customize their dosing based on medical conditions, prescriptions, family history, lifestyle, and tolerance. Patients log their experience directly into the device to share with doctors, pharmacists, and caregivers, essentially closing the feedback loop between patients and caregivers. This data can be used to monitor efficacy and continuously improve the cannabis experience over time.
“We strongly believe in the personalized medicine model” says Resolve’s CEO, Rob Adelson. “By empowering patients to become active participants in their own health care, we believe they’ll regain a sense of control and freedom. Furthermore, by applying medical standards to cannabis care and combining them with a high level of personalization we believe our product offers a compelling and safer alternative to many of the opioid based pharmaceuticals that are currently being prescribed.”
Resolve Digital Health is undertaking clinical trials to evaluate the use of medical cannabis as an alternative or adjunct to opioids for pain management. The company also plans to initiate similar trials of medical cannabis for the treatment of a variety of other conditions, including anxiety, depression, and arthritis. Resolve’s Smart Inhaler is expected to be in market in the second quarter of the year.
For more information, visit the company’s website at www.resolvedigitalhealth.com.
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