Role of Digital Therapeutics in Mental Health

Role of Digital Therapeutics in Mental Health

Healthcare Tech Outlook | Wednesday, January 27, 2021

A managed care model will be built using technologies for medical experts, technology suppliers, payers, educational institutions, and other partners to collaborate to solve challenges.

FREMONT, CA: Technology's presence in mental health is undeniable. It is shaping the medical profession's face, growing the scope, and improving the way doctors and patients view mental health. Digital mental health therapy—a branch of digital health—contains evidence-based, software-based clinical approaches to prevent, control, or treat a mental health condition. Technology is a psychological enabler, raising the role of human support, so building empathetic technology is a crucial field of emphasis today.

Enhancing Available Clinical Resources

Globally, healthcare facilities face an acute lack of specialty psychiatrists, which means that a substantial number of individuals may never undergo mental health services. This is a significant problem considering the growing prevalence of the mental disease worldwide. Technology may play a significant role here in reducing waiting times between primary care and specialists. Recommendation engines may be configured to direct primary health care providers to deliver the first line of care. When a specialist is available, digital three-way contact with the primary care provider, the specialist, and the patient can help establish individualized treatment arrangements for closer supervision and improved care management.

Expanding the Scope of Online Care

Extending online mental disorder counseling programs to unresponsive/underserved segments such as crisis zones, schools and universities, and groups where mental illness has a severe stigma attached to it is a crucial need. A managed care model will be built using technologies for medical experts, technology suppliers, payers, educational institutions, and other partners to collaborate to solve challenges.

Chatbots for Mental Health

Chatbots are the new virtual therapists. Take, for example, one robot, which acts as a friend and allows subscribers to manage their mental health. Likewise, another robot therapist helps soldiers cope with depression and post-traumatic stress disorder by studying speech, facial gestures, and non-verbal contact signals.

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