Timothy Aungst, PharmD

Timothy Dy Aungst, PharmD, is an assistant professor of pharmacy practice at MCPHS University. He graduated from Wilkes University Nesbitt School of Pharmacy and completed a PGY-1 Pharmacy Practice Residency at St. Luke's University Hospital, and then a Clinical Geriatric Fellowship at MCPHS University. He is passionate about the rise of technology in health care and its application to pharmacy. He has published primarily on the role of mobile technology and mHealth, and made multiple national and international presentations on those topics. He blogs at TheDigitalApothecary.com, and you can find him on Twitter @TDAungst.
Cost is a large barrier for taking medications for many patients. So what is one large pharmacy chain looking to do to help the problem?
Apr 24, 2018 @03:48 PM
For years, organizations have requested that Medicare change Medicare IDs from Social Security numbers, and now they are doing it.
Apr 23, 2018 @05:30 PM
The health insurer recently launched its Emerging Solutions' platform.
Apr 19, 2018 @07:03 PM
Amazon will not pursue medication distribution to hospitals, due to several issues that have crept up, based on current media analysts.
Apr 19, 2018 @06:25 PM
The FDA recently released a new app to highlight newly approved drugs, and to give users some quick information on medications. The app, more or less, is a lighter version of their [email protected] website.
Apr 16, 2018 @01:53 PM
A recent study raises the question of whether this unusual idea could be widely adopted.
Apr 16, 2018 @05:23 AM
Smart Inhalers have been around for awhile, but have been consigned to use primarily in clinical trials. One company is bringing them to the OTC market.
Apr 13, 2018 @08:18 PM
The pharmacy industry continues to come to terms with the failure.
Apr 13, 2018 @12:00 PM
With the advent of their new smartwatches, Fitibit is looking to add new features to their apps, including a women's health mechanic.
Apr 12, 2018 @03:48 PM
Recently, Facebook was in the spotlight for trying to share patient data with health organizations. 
Apr 11, 2018 @03:58 PM
The FDA recently released a warning for a company whose business is focused on creating online prescriptions for patients doing a home vision test. But the concern is that this is a medical device, which never got clearance.
Apr 10, 2018 @12:00 PM
Getting rid of the needle in injectables has been in the talks for awhile, but Takeda is trying to make it a reality.
Apr 9, 2018 @03:17 PM
Several companies are getting into the drug kiosk business, and I highlight a couple of startups.
Apr 7, 2018 @01:00 PM
Recent news has highlighted the use of ride-sharing companies looking to get into the health space, and now CVS and Walgreens are jumping on board. But is it really just to help them get their medications or is it something more?
Apr 6, 2018 @12:00 PM
While there are multiple apps out there to help women track their menstrual cycles, little in the way of actual devices have entered the market, but Ava is aiming to shake things up.
Apr 5, 2018 @12:00 PM
Smart socks, such as those from Siren, seek to help identify infections, and ulcers before they happen, but the data is lacking. Are they worth it?
Apr 4, 2018 @01:45 PM
The government's new initiative aims to empower patients by letting them have better access to their data.
Mar 14, 2018 @12:00 PM
The search giant is stepping back into the medical data arena with a system to manage patient information.
Mar 12, 2018 @01:00 PM
When these are hard to navigate and read, it can lead to nonadherence or other issues for patients, but this is a step in the right direction.
Mar 12, 2018 @12:00 PM
The 2018 Accenture survey on technology and healthcare shows a steady increase in utilization by consumers for their health.
Mar 10, 2018 @07:00 PM
Direct-to-consumer genetic testing is becoming a hot field, and while 23andMe is making some good press, companies like Helix are putting some pressure for how to use that data.
Mar 10, 2018 @02:00 PM
Novartis makes a move in the digital health field, and we may see more traction with pharmacological treatments and technological platforms.
Mar 9, 2018 @02:00 PM
Medical schools are working to bring AR and VR technology into the classroom. Could pharmacy do the same?
Mar 8, 2018 @02:00 PM
Many small health start-ups are leveraging digital health and telemedicine services to provide patient coaching. A new study from one company demonstrates that users could see as much as a 0.8% reduction in A1c.
Mar 7, 2018 @03:12 PM
The online retailing giant has its own brand of nonprescription drugs. Can it compete?
Mar 7, 2018 @07:21 AM
The past decade has seen a large change in the field of pharmacy, with many companies changing the landscape with new mergers and acquisitions.
Mar 7, 2018 @02:01 AM
Looking to get their data into clinician hands, Higi has teamed up with Rush to get their data into institutions using Epic's EHRs.
Mar 7, 2018 @01:47 AM
More smart inhalers are coming to the US market and pharmacists may see them soon.
Mar 7, 2018 @01:37 AM
Getting to your medical appointment can be a pain, so why not call on Uber or Lyft? Well, soon you'll get your chance.
Mar 6, 2018 @06:00 PM
Technology is great when it works, but in this case, the issue of recieving the wrong amount of insulin can be problematic.
Mar 5, 2018 @04:37 PM
With new smartphones able to measure blood pressure, what does this mean for other companies who solely make these devices?
Mar 5, 2018 @03:50 AM
Can home voice assistants be the future of medication management in the near future?
Mar 5, 2018 @03:20 AM
A recent pilot looked into whether using a personal robot in a patients home could prevent readmission rates for those recently hospitalized with COPD.
Feb 28, 2018 @06:00 PM
What if Google Maps was powered to help patients navigate to their appointments quicker? Can Uber be a solution for transportation? New research sheds some light on these possibilities.
Feb 28, 2018 @03:48 PM
With Apple eyeing up the EHR space, the rational movement to get patients data through their iPhones is just the next place to start.
Feb 26, 2018 @08:02 AM
Natural Cycles is a EU-cleared application to help women avoid pregnancy, but recently there have been some concerns about how well it works.
Feb 3, 2018 @04:00 PM
Could giving patients money help improve their adherence? Mount Sinai is currently piloting a new platform to find out.
Feb 2, 2018 @05:30 PM
CVS and other companies want pharmacists to be performing POC, so should you be getting that training?
Jan 29, 2018 @08:00 PM
What else can a parent do to track their child's fever in real time, aside from a standard thermometer? Well, there is a new slew of wearables that have come onto market worth considering.
Jan 16, 2018 @11:00 AM
Aside from sunscreen, what other tools could pharmacists recommend for patients to limit their sun exposure?
Jan 13, 2018 @10:02 PM
Chemotherapy is difficult, and in children even more so. Sproutel has teamed up with Aflac to create a companion robot to help children undergo chemotherapy easier.
Jan 13, 2018 @06:00 PM
A new company has a breast pump that many pharmacists may find valuable to use at work compared to what is currently on the market.
Jan 12, 2018 @11:53 AM
A new company aims to help people get their supplements through the water bottle instead of just taking pills.
Jan 11, 2018 @11:46 AM
A new company offers an interesting solution to helping patients remember to take their birth control.
Jan 9, 2018 @11:00 PM
Now that Eli Lilly is looking to create a closed-loop system for diabetes management, does that mean this product will soon be available?
Dec 22, 2017 @08:17 AM
A look at how the digital landscape could change after a merger between an insurer and giant retail pharmacy company is finalized.
Dec 18, 2017 @08:17 PM
Hacking the brain to work better and faster has been a hot topic, but research shows that nootropics products may fall short.
Dec 12, 2017 @05:15 AM
Seeing a doctor usually means making an appointment weeks in advance or going to a walk-in clinic, but Forward is different.
Dec 7, 2017 @08:41 AM
New Hampshire is seeking to join the list of states allowing pharmacists to provide contraception to women without a prescription.
Nov 30, 2017 @12:14 PM
Apple announces a study to investigate whether their Apple Watch can detect afib in patients.
Nov 30, 2017 @07:53 AM
Currently, the plan is to role out Viagra Connect in the first or second quarter of 2018.
Nov 29, 2017 @03:18 AM
While Proteus and Otsuka's recently-FDA approved smart pill is making big news, there are other start-ups making some strides into the market.
Nov 27, 2017 @05:39 AM
The retail pharmacy and health care company will bring prescriptions to patients' doors in select cities, but this raises several questions.
Nov 21, 2017 @02:00 PM
What do pharmacists need to know about these mobile applications recently approved by the FDA?
Nov 21, 2017 @01:00 PM
Does this represent an opportunity for pharmacists to use such devices to help monitor adherence in patients?
Nov 20, 2017 @04:58 AM
Several companies are providing telehealth services to deliver medications to men.
Nov 20, 2017 @03:53 AM
With the smart tablets coming to market in 2018, it is a good time to explore how the technology behind the product works.
Nov 17, 2017 @07:34 AM
Amazon may be looking to expand its online delivery service to the pharmacy market, what that means for pharmacy is up to debate.
May 17, 2017 @06:55 AM
A recent study in JAPhA addresses the findings of using talking pill bottles in patient care, but other companies using newer technology may have a better edge.
Feb 13, 2017 @02:58 AM
3M Drug Delivery Systems will be working to introduce its Intelligent Inhaler to the market by developing a partnership with pharmaceutical companies.
Jul 11, 2016 @03:14 AM
The race to create the Uber for pharmacy has begun.
Mar 15, 2016 @03:08 AM
Imagine if your metered-dose inhaler could fit into your wallet.
Feb 29, 2016 @04:38 AM
The mainstays of diabetes treatment are ripe for disruption.
Dec 18, 2015 @03:37 AM
Who knew you could use tranexamic acid for cough and cold?
Nov 11, 2015 @03:44 AM
Rite Aid is the third-largest pharmacy chain in the country, so it's normal to wonder what will happen to its pharmacists.
Oct 28, 2015 @01:00 AM
CVS just released a mobile prescription pickup service incorporated into its current mobile app.
Oct 15, 2015 @02:35 AM
Pharmacists can help patients understand what they are finding online.
Oct 12, 2015 @02:06 AM
There are immense oppurtunities to transform the inhaler into a tool that tracks patients' use of asthma and COPD medications.
Aug 26, 2015 @01:06 AM
Digital health technology is a lucrative business with a potentially huge payoff for pharmacy.
Jul 30, 2015 @01:46 AM
Drones could help local medical services deliver medications to greatly underserved populations.
Jul 28, 2015 @01:08 AM
Point-of-care testing is a new area of interest in pharmacy practice, and NACDS has launched a certificate program for it.
Jul 21, 2015 @01:59 AM
The FDA is starting to partner with Google to find new ways to catch unreported adverse drug reactions.
Jul 20, 2015 @02:01 AM
PillPack has made great waves in the pharmacy world. How are CVS and Walgreens planning to respond?
Jun 8, 2015 @02:22 AM
In an age where you can order almost anything and have it delivered to your door in a matter of hours, why haven't we figured out rapid drug delivery services?
Jun 7, 2015 @05:45 AM
PillPack has brought multidose drug dispensing systems to the public forefront. When will other companies catch on?
Jun 4, 2015 @06:31 AM
Digital health may play a significant role in pharmacy in the near future.
May 18, 2015 @01:44 AM
Walgreens is slowly pushing the limits of digital health strategies in the retail pharmacy environment.
May 4, 2015 @02:00 AM
Mobile technology provides opportunities for pharmacists and other health care providers to help improve and assess patients' medication adherence.
Apr 27, 2015 @04:52 AM
The mobile market is awash with health-related apps.
Apr 17, 2015 @02:59 AM
Epocrates and Micromedex may be the go-to references for drug information, but new tools are coming to the market.
Mar 25, 2015 @02:34 AM
The growth in digital health has reached the point where Apple sees a viable way of contributing to medical research through data collected from mobile apps and smartphones.
Mar 16, 2015 @03:36 AM
Technology is creating new ways to help patients and health care providers evaluate medications, with both start-ups and the NIH looking to use smartphones to help with the process.
Mar 12, 2015 @02:05 AM
One day, the standard thermometer may eventually be replaced by a device capable of so much more.
Mar 11, 2015 @01:51 AM
Digital health is making large strides due to the rapid development and incorporation of technology, and pharmacies are looking to capitalize on this.
Mar 9, 2015 @03:22 AM
A new start-up is looking to integrate smart sensors into current inhalers to increase adherence.
Feb 18, 2015 @02:41 AM
Big Pharma is eyeing mHealth as a potential market to help support its pharmaceutical products or treat select disease states. However, not everything is going well with current mobile production.
Feb 16, 2015 @02:36 AM
John Oliver humorously took on the issue of pharmaceutical marketing and its impact on the prescribing habits of physicians.
Feb 16, 2015 @02:19 AM
The pill bottle may be in for some drastic changes in the near future, due in part to technological advances.
Feb 4, 2015 @03:58 AM
A new smart case offers the opportunity to help patients at severe risk of developing allergic reactions necessitating the use of epinephrine to remember to keep their EpiPen with them.
Jan 8, 2015 @02:59 AM
A discovery at a pharmacy led to a jarring investigation into the past use of cigarettes as a means of treating asthma.
Dec 22, 2014 @02:52 AM
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