Digital Mental Health for Depression and Anxiety

This talk will provide a brief overview of digital mental health, which has used common technologies such as web and mobile apps to support behaviors aimed at reducing mental health symptoms. While the potential effectiveness of these approaches has been demonstrated in more than 50 randomized controlled trials, attempts to implement these tools in healthcare settings have failed. Patients do not use the tools, care managers do not know how to support the technologies, and there is no clear implementation strategy. This talk will present the IntelliCare platform, which aims to provide a more flexible design to meet patients’ needs. Future directions to decrease patient burden and increase scalability will be presented for discussion, including developing a recommender system for mental health apps, personal sensing using phone sensors, and provision of support for care managers to improve processes of care. 

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