Is your futuristic smart device a ‘red flag’ for you?

Dariusz Sankowski on Pixabay.  the average.  Used with permission.

Source: Dariusz Sankowski on Pixabay. the average. Used with permission.

There is a recent push for new mental health strategies to prevent violence and other social ills. One avenue being explored is new technological innovations such as “mental health applications” (MHAs), which provide new opportunities to reach patients and treat risks. But what rules and strategies have to come along with the advent of MHA?

Mental health apps have been available for some time, as mentioned in A Previous article. The first generation of MHAs mostly provided positive reminders and messages, which can be helpful Full focus of the mindSleep hygiene, life/illness Management, skills training. Unlike human therapists, digital mental health apps are available 24/7. Besides providing journal prompts and inspirational messages, mental health apps also collect passive self-report data. User responses are maintained in a database and analyzed to provide feedback.

New generation MHAs integrate biometric sensors and devices such as smart watches, phones or sensor platforms to monitor fluctuations in the user’s daily signals. The latest devices log data: from physical activity to sleep data, skin resistance, temperature, blood oxygen levels, EKGs, fall detectors, and even emergency medical alerts. These body-worn devices provide automatic monitoring of readings and activity to reduce the burden of patients having to enter data. The latest MHAs smash all that psychological data by using algorithms to identify and employ trends AI to provide feedback. In the near future, they will likely also provide initial diagnoses and even treatments. For example, future MHA analyzes of an unusually high levelStress Read on and may recommend a wellness checklist or relaxation unit. You engage in a conversation with your AI processor, and your device tells you when your metabolism has returned to a healthy level.

But questions remain: Where will the use of mental health monitoring data go in the future? What protective barriers are needed for mental health data collected by MHAs and digital devices?

Several steps can be considered:

  1. Psychologists should verify the accuracy of MHAs. Consider the consequences of misdiagnosis, false positives, or false negatives. Beta testing of an application is not as comprehensive as conducting clinical trials.1 Clinicians can partner with engineers and software developers to make MHAs more accurate, safe, and effective. The future of digital therapies requires clinical trials on efficacy and consumer education About the uses and abuse of new technologies. For example, some researchers conducted experiments on the Internet cognitive behavioral Psychiatric treatment to diagnose depression And the worry.2 Such well-controlled research is needed to use MHAs and body-worn sensor data to build acceptance and accuracy.
  2. Rules are needed for how MHA data is to be shared. Will user data go to digital mental health records? Will this data be able to provide patients with a greater assessment of risks and access to treatment? On the other hand, how and when will mental health data be used to “warn” those who perceive a risk to themselves or others? What would the procedure be for getting a second opinion, or questioning your own AI-based diagnosis? How can users remove the red flag if the MHA algorithm decides it is appropriate? Strict user permissions and privacy protections are critical to the new limits of digital mental health records, especially if we want patients to adopt and use new technology.3
  3. MHAs will eventually evolve toward providing treatments. In the future, the high-risk outcome may lead to the MHA’s recommendations to seek treatment, or direct potential patients to mental health services. Soon, virtual mental health assistants may act as secret sound boards, prompting users to reveal their problems, stories, and feelings. Perhaps some people will prefer “treatment” with an anonymous, non-judgmental robot? This will be the brave new futuristic world of computer-mediated evaluation and therapy. Cooperat Testing is still needed, but there is great potential for these technologies to guide services to address mental health concerns.4

With the acceptance of MHAs, developers and clinicians will have to consider establishing rules to protect user privacy. Circumstances in which MHA data may be used ethically and legally to promote public safety must also be identified. The key is balancing patients’ privacy rights and HIPAA compliance with the desire for recognition and intervention during mental health crises.

Password: “Take a balanced approach.”