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A new report shows that the market for mental health software is growing very fast. The rapid growth is being attributed largely due to government funding to place electronic health systems in behavioral health organizations. But this sector also includes software that helps patients get better access to the shortage of providers. Mobile applications are set to solve some of the problems inherent with the shortage of behavioral health experts, allowing the telemedicine market to grow. Mobile interventions can provide quality…

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"Several months ago, CCS Insight surveyed 2,000 people in the US and UK about what they would most like to have tracked about themselves, and a large portion of them answered with, 'stress levels.' It looks as though their requests are being answered.  Mental health is a big focus in the tech industry right now. Interestingly enough, computer vision is 82% accurate at reading human emotions, which is better than humans themselves. So it is no wonder that what are…

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Sara Heath bring us a fabulous article about studies that aim to improve how we help veterans manage mental health. I was particularly interested in the recommendation to include a social support component. Here is an exerpt: "Overall, 44 percent of respondents use health technology for self-management at least once per month, and 21 percent use it less than once per month. Seventy-nine percent use health devices to search for information, 71 percent to communicate with their providers, and 65…

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Are you a medical professional that manages drug-based opioid treatment for your patients? Now there's an app for you! The government jumps into the app development space through The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMSHA), launching a new app to help medical professionals manage patient care. MATx is a mobile app that provides prescription guides, clinical support tools, and information regarding the drug-based treatment of opioid addiction "There's nothing like MATx in the field today," said SAMHSA Principal Deputy…

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The field of mental health mobile apps is slowly maturing as more bigger players enter the field with new apps. Today, Pfizer announced their new mobile app to track depression. "The app, called Moodivator and designed with help from the Virginia Commonwealth University of Medicine, includes features such as a mood tracker. The tracker is a simple scale that lets patients throughout the day measure their emotional self-awareness and share the results securely with family or mental health professionals." It…

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Forbes brings us an article about some points to consider when choosing a mobile app to improve your mental health. "There are a sweeping number of mobile apps for mental health in the market today – with varying focus areas, standards of measurement, partners and user experience. So when you’re looking for the right app, you must ensure you’re not just picking any app to trust with your mental health – but the best app out there for you. Here…

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When we think about monitoring something or someone, often times the idea of "big brother" comes to mind. It assumes that if the technology exists then it will be used by someone more power than ourselves to possible nefarious ends. We already know that with technologies like facebook, we trade the ability to stay connected with many people with giving the facebook corporation our data to use as they wish. But what about technologies designed to improve your mental health?…

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Healthe Designs and other companies are producing mobile apps that help you manage your health at the touch of a button on your smart phone. People are downloading these apps at record rates, and now physicians are looking to recommend health apps to their patients. But it's difficult to find the gems in a sea of possible health apps. This is not just a problem for individuals, but also for health care professionals. Luckily, AppScript is on the job. They…

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Here is the deal: If you don't design an app to change behavior, it won't. Check out this article about a mobile product that failed to raise knowledge levels in patients, and as a result, did not improve patient care. It's SO VERY IMPORTANT to know how you want to affect the user's behavior before you begin building your mobile app. Making it easy to use is just the very lowest bar in good interactive design. At Health eDesigns, we…

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HealtheDesigns is part of the mental health app revolution! We work closely with clients like the Veterans Administration to build evidence-based apps to improve your mental health. read more: http://www.psychiatryadvisor.com/mobile-mental-health-apps-rebooting-clinical-practice/article/410538/

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