How technology is transforming mental health treatment

How technology is transforming mental health treatment

"Healthcare technology company Healios provides nearly 30 clinical commissioning groups and mental health trusts with services, including the option of involving several members of a family in a single session. Founder and chief executive Rich Andrews sees potential for much greater use of data analysis, comparing this to how physical conditions are diagnosed through biomarkers such as high levels of cholesterol in blood: “One area I think is incredibly exciting is how we develop the digital equivalent of cholesterol for psychiatry,” he says. Mental health often relies on paper questionnaires and people’s memories, but digital technology could instead analyse people’s voices, monitor how fast they swipe mobile devices, and analyse the contents of social media images and the language of written messages, says Andrews."