The MentalTech I Use: Mental Health Chatbots

Recently, I while at the Healthcare Experience Design Conference (#HXD2019) in Boston, MA, USA, put on by MAD*POW, one of the best healthcare experience design firms on the planet, and participated in a Leadership Roundtable Workshop. During this workshop, the question of which are our favorite healthcare apps came up. In answering, I realized that lately […]

“Mental Health Comics”, the best of creative DMH Content (if you ask me!)

Anyone who knows me knows I love graphic novels and comics! You can imagine my extreme delight when I stumbled across this Graphic Medicine podcast, on Mental Health Comics, which then inspired this post. By the way, I cannot recommend this podcast episode enough for its examination of the mental health comics’ role as education, therapy delivery, economic resource […]

Insights from HackMentalHealth Hack-A-Thon, at Yale University!

February 22 – 24, 2019, I attended my first HackMentalHealth ( Hack-A-Thon in New Haven, CT, USA at Yale University. Here a community of more than 200 digital mental health interesteds (yes, my word) including consumers, technologists, entrepreneurs, clinicians, researcher, advocates, caregivers assembled to work on solutions focused largely on suicide, substance abuse and data. This is […]

6 Insights on Change, Process & Adoption from The Behavioral Healthcare Congress, 2018

In October 2018, I enjoyed the privilege of chairing the technology track of the Behavioral Health Congress, in Arlington, VA. This was an especially eye-opening Congress for me, focused on provider organizations where the technology and its applications were familiar but the context and operational considerations, quite different. Several insights I derived from my time […]

Digital Stress Management Survey (DSMS) Findings: Barriers to DMH Adoption

I developed the Digital Stress Management Survey to gain insight into how people are using digital technologies in the mental health contexts of education, care, support and treatment. So far, I have gotten a bit over 100 responses, mostly from individuals describing themselves as “mental health proactives”. I am continually growing this sample and appreciate […]

My Favorite Insights from the HTF/UCSF experiMental Conference

On November 3, 2018, I had the great pleasure of attending the experiMental Conference, put on by Pronoy Saha’s Healthcare Technology Forum at UCSF Mission Bay. As expected it was a great gathering of digital mental health entrepreneurs, researchers, practitioners, investors, and interesteds. I am always so inspired and motivated by what I perceive to be a growing cohort […]

My Favorite Quotes from Digital Therapeutics East Conference 2018 (#DTxDM)

It was great to attend the Digital Therapeutics East Conference 2018 which occurred mid-September, in Boston, MA. It was a good meeting which attracted DTx entrepreneurs, healthcare payors, providers, advocates, investors and manufacturers, as well as academics and researchers, to discuss the current state, future potential and needs related to this space which is developing […]

AddictionTech: What are Consumers Using?…What Solutions are Available?

This past Friday, October 12th, I had the great pleasure of accompanying my good colleague, Fard Johnmar of Enspektos and Jen Horonjeff of Savvy Cooperative, in a webinar, “Why Digital Addiction Solutions and Voice-Enabled Technologies Matter to Patients and Industry”. In this webinar, Fard took time to give an update on the latest “digital addiction […]

What I’m Reading: Call for Psych to Adopt MentalTech…Mental Health Design in Everyday Products…Online Appointments…

Verily researchers: Time for psychiatry field to apply analytics, sensors to their practices: I love articles that call the psych profession to leverage more objective data-driven means of diagnosis and treatment (especially beyond the clinic), enabled by apps, sensors and data algorithms. This author calls on psych to mimic oncology in this respect. 4 focus areas are […]

RecycleHealth: Wearables Recycling Positively Impact Access and User Insights

Last week while visiting Boston for the Digital Therapeutics Alliance Meeting, I got the opportunity to visit my good colleague, Lisa Gualtieri, PhD, ScM, assistant professor at Tufts University School of Medicine in the Department of Public Health and Community Medicine. It was a great reunion talking about the Digital Mental Health Project, and her non-profit, RecycleHealth. Lisa does really cool research exploring […]

My Take #5 on #DIMH2018: Digital Mental Health Territory: A Strategic Overview

One of the great privileges of 2018, for me, was not only attending but speaking at #DIMH2018. It was a great opportunity to present my overview of the digital mental health territory. For those interested, I’ve included a 2 minute excerpt of the talk in video below, …and if you like that you can dig deeper with […]

My Take #4 on #DIMH2018: How the Integration of Digital & Theatre Aids Screening and Battles Stigma

While at this conference, hands down the most unexpectedly innovative application of digital mental health was in the “Digital Interactive Theatre” by James Wilson and colleagues, who put on a production called “Behind These Closed Doors”. In their session, they executed a form of improv, “pick-a-path” theatre where audience members, using a mobile app, MEETOO, are able to alter the storyline […]

Take #3 from #DIMH2018: The Cultural Customization Opportunity in DMH: The Delicate Mind, Henry Health & Faithful Counseling

As this space has developed, we see solutions developed to accommodate humans in general with a bias towards humans socialized by Western cultures. As this space continue to grow it is going to be interesting to observe how cultural customisation emerges in solution development. Such customisations might include ethnic customization, like with Henry Health for African American men, or […]

My Take (#1) on Becky Inkster’s Digital Innovation in Mental Health Conference: Beware of Impatient Money’s Potential to Harm DMH’s Trust

Back on July 17–18, I was priveleged to be a part of the Digital Innovation in Mental Health Conference in London, UK. This gathering of stellar digital mental health (dmh) colleagues spanning research, policy, provider orgs, public health and business. It was also cool to see representation from the UK, EU, Australia, Africa, China, Europe, India, North America, Singapore […]

Therapeutic Mobile Apps: Democratizing & Monetizing PsychoTherapies; Enhancing & Replacing PharmacoTherapies.

Furthering our unpacking of the mentaltech space, let’s take a look at the subcategory of therapeutic mobile apps. These have an overlap with telepsych and VR categories, consists largely of eXBT apps. [eXBT = electronic miscellaneous behavioral therapies] I define these apps as those that either: 1) deliver therapy, or 2) are approved therapeutic agents themselves. Anecdotally, I think the greatest volume […]

Virtual Reality: Educating, Delivering Therapy & Facilitating Support

Our unpacking continues and this post we look at how virtual and mixed reality is being leveraged in the mental and behavioral health spaces. Virtual? Augmented? Mixed? To start, it’s important to make a distinction between what is virtual reality versus augmented reality versus mixed reality. Virtual (VR) is an immersive reality (content) that may consist of […]

Telepsych: Breaking Time, Distance, Stigma & Engagement Barriers

As part of unpacking digital mental health subcategories, let’s look at telepsych. Here we have the delivery of psych services via a range of digital channels spanning from low bandwidth (SMS/chat/messaging) to broadband (video/tele) connections. Note we use this term for applications where professional treaters are connected to clients to administer formal psycho- & pharmaco-therapies. This category is among the […]