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 practicesI 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 emphasized: a) real-world data collection, b) data science & analytics, c) patient experience transparency & empowerment, and d) clinician education in digital tool integration in practice. Here is the original article: (https://www.healthcareitnews.com/news/verily-researchers-time-psychiatry-field-apply-analytics-sensors-their-practiceshttps://www.nature.com/articles/s41746-018-0046-0)

Designing products with mental health issues in mindNow this is an interesting article which looks at how a bank is considering the design of its services to protect the financial health of those who are mentally unwell. (Spending sprees are a too common outcome of mania.) It does so with design features like overspend notices. Benefiting from digital mental health about making new products and services but also about designing digital health aids into products and services which are commonly thought of as unrelated to mental health, like a banking app. And yes, we do have to also assure that proper consent is in place for caregivers to ethically track the activity of their loved one’s banking activities.
Online mental health appointments attacked by specialists; defended by technologists; frequented by consumersWhile this article no longer new, the debate it reports on is new as this morning’s news. With the advent of any new technology comes the concern with inappropriate use and overwhelm of the current system related to demand for the new technology. In the case of tele-psych services in the UK this is the case. The old guard is pushing back decrying tech as dehumanizing. The new guard is appealing to the value of convenience and channel personalization. The initial proof in the pudding is the increased adoption by consumers. The ultimate proof in measured outcomes which is emerging regularly.
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