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It seems that the emergence of AI could mean a profound change in the diagnosis and the treatment of mental health issues.
FREMONT, CA: There are numerous AI initiatives in progress across the healthcare industry, and some of these are for mental health and well-being. Here is a try to explore the use cases of artificial intelligence in mental healthcare.
In the future, patients might go to the hospital with some kind of illness and leave the facility with a compulsory psychiatry session due to flagged suicide risk. That is what modern care facilities aim to do with AI. The AI algorithm used hospital admission data, including age, gender, zip code, medication, and diagnostic history, to predict the likelihood of any given mental well-being issue. The algorithm is accurate in predicting mental illness. In addition to this, a smartphone coupled with an algorithm, can monitor user behavior over a period of time could come up with a similar diagnostics.
Another area where AI analysis could help is the automation of certain tasks that are redundant. Conducting structured clinical interviews could be one in the future by virtual humans. These virtual humans would definitely ask the same, previously determined questions, and doctors would not be that much burdened by this kind of repetitive tasks. This technology has the power to dramatically improve research and treatment. Smart algorithms could also find patterns and behavior that human interviewers might miss or leave out of their sight because humans have cognitive bias.
AI could not only help with the diagnostics and early detection of mental health issues, but it could also participate meaningfully in the management of disorders. As compared to a human psychologist, the most advantageous features of smart algorithms could be their anonymity and accessibility. There are many smartphone-based applications that are able to proactively check on patients, be ready to talk to and listen to anytime, anywhere, that improves the mental well-being of a patient.
Facing mental health issues is one of the most difficult tasks in life—and with the worsening global statistics about mental health disorders, innovation and technology to a large extend can bring down the prevalence of any mental health trouble.