1a Department of Population Health, New York University School of Medicine , New York , NY , USA.
2b Division of General Internal Medicine and Clinical Innovation, New York University School of Medicine , New York , NY , USA.
3c Center for Drug Use and HIV Research (CDUHR) , New York , NY , USA.
4d Universidade Federal do Rio de Janeiro UFRJ , Rio de Janeiro , Brazil.
5e NYU College of Nursing , New York , NY , USA.
We examined technology use patterns (e.g., mobile phone and computer ownership, text messaging, internet access) and preferences for adopting health information technologies to optimize office-based treatment for substance use disorders, HIV, and Hepatitis C virus (HCV) infection. Surveys were administered to patients enrolled in inpatient detoxification program in a publicly-funded tertiary referral center. Most reported mobile phone ownership (86%) and described high rates of mobile phone (3.3) and phone number (2.6) turnover in the preceding year. Internet access was reported on a daily (52%) or weekly basis (22%). Most participants were amenable to receiving text message-based informational content (i.e., medications, support groups, treatment programs) pertaining to substance use disorders (79%), HIV (50%), and HCV care (58%). Respondents reporting less than high school education and past year incarcerated elicited higher favorability in adopting smartphone apps to facilitate peer sharing of HIV-HCV related content. Results suggest high favorability for adopting health information technologies to enhance office-based treatment for substance use disorders, HIV, and HCV, particularly among vulnerable patient sub-groups.