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Passive Monitoring: Developing New Technology in Mental Healthcare

Feb 14
Currently, the market is inundated with tracking apps where users must look at the information and decide what to do with it.
 
New technology is being developed for passive monitoring, which occurs in the background of a mobile device, tracking movement, the frequency of messaging and more.
 
Passive monitoring has the potential of improving mental health care in a variety of ways, including detection of early warning signs of mental illness. Consider the following situations.
 
Someone has stopped making social connections via their mobile devices, the app would alert key members of the care team.
 
Someone is suffering depression.  With passive monitoring, if someone were in bed and not moving for long periods of time, the app would flag a care provider.
 
A recent development by MIT’s Lincoln Labs shows that measuring the acoustics of a person’s voice can help detect signs of depression, brain injury and even Parkinson’s disease.
 
Analyzing trends in a person’s speech, word choice and word combinations have been proven to predict psychosis, a sign of schizophrenia. 
 
Passive monitoring, like all mental health technology augments and does not supplant traditional in-person care.  And as always there must be security of the confidentiality of personally identifiable information and security of server locations. 

Full Article Link: http://www.information-age.com/software-healthcare-industry-actually-need-123463881/