New app helps healthcare professionals identify mental health issues
- 08 Jan
The San Francisco-based Ginger.io Inc. has successfully developed a new app which helps healthcare providers identify symptoms of postpartum depression.
This is an underdiagnosed condition affecting women after they give birth.
The usage of the app by 200 women has been tracked, and it was found that behavioural patterns and symptoms tied to depression, NewsMax Health reports. For example, there was a link found between poor mood and decreased mobility on weekends and longer duration phone calls.
The Ginger.io app is a new health technology that is being used by hospitals, doctors and health insurers. Many other technologies and apps are also used that measure psychological and physical well-being such as the fitness trackers (e.g, FitBit) which record jogging distance and calories burned.
The company has stated that the app is being used by 30 medical centres in the USA. Also, other technologies are continued to be created with the aim of treating mental health conditions, heart disease and diabetes.
Here are some examples:
· The National Institutes of Health - a $2.42 million grant has been given to the Harvard School of Public Health to develop a smartphone app that will help doctors to determine sleep patterns of people with psychiatric disorders.
· University of Michigan - researchers are developing a smartphone app that records and analyses patients' vocal patterns during telephone calls to identify whether a person has symptoms of depression or mania.
· Health insurer Aetna Inc. - they are using voice-analysis software on phone calls to enable people who receive short-term disability benefits back to work sooner.
However, many health experts are wary about using these without any hard evidence that they work. Other issues that are brought to their concern are privacy, data security, and whether this form of data collecting and analysing will bother patients.
What do you think of this? Tweet us your comments @suppsolutions
This blog post has been written by our sister company The Media Bubble who specialise in social media for the social sector.
- 03 Nov
THERE IS AN INCREASE IN THE NUMBER OF PATIENTS WHO WAIT LONG HOURS IN AMBULANCES BEFORE BEING ATTENDED TO
Reports by The Guardian shows details from the FOI requests which found that:According to the shadow health secretary, Jon Ashworth:"These figures show an ambulance service pushed to the brink by...
- 08 Aug
DATA REVEALS THAT OVER 40% OF MATERNITY WARDS IN ENGLAND REJECTED EXPECTANT MOTHERS AT LEAST ONCE LAST YEAR
The data which was the outcome of a Freedom of Information request reveals the following:Jonathan Ashworth, the Shadow health secretary, said:"These findings show the devastating impact which Tory...
- 04 Aug
PARENTS AND CHILDCARE PROVIDERS ARE FINDING IT DIFFICULT TO ACCESS SERVICES ON THE "CHILDCARE CHOICES" WEBSITE
Many parents have reported problems while using the Childcare Choices website in May and struggled to register on it. However, HMRC apologised for the inconvenience, saying it had improved the...
- 01 Aug
HOSPITAL BUILDING PLANS TO CLOSE FOR A YEAR DUE TO FIRE SAFETY PROBLEMS
After a review of buildings, 52 inpatient beds will be moved from the trauma unit of John Radcliffe Hospital, Oxford, on the 4th of August.According to the NHS trust overseeing the site, a...
- 26 Jul
THERE IS INSUFFICIENT CARE AVAILABLE FOR CHILDREN WITH SERIOUS MENTAL HEALTH PROBLEMS
New figures on mental health showed the following:The author of an EPI report on children's mental health, Emily Frith, said:"Being in hospital for a mental health condition can be a disturbing...
- 20 Jul
REPORT WARNS THAT VULNERABLE ADULTS ARE BEING LET DOWN BY SOCIAL WORKERS AND CARE PROVIDERS
According to the Local Government and Social Care Ombudsman review:Local government and social care ombudsman, Michael King, said:"While I appreciate the complex emotional and practical decisions...
- 14 Jul
ONE OF SCOTLAND'S LARGEST HEALTH BOARDS HAS OVERSPENT ON CARE SERVICES
Prior to a meeting of the Edinburgh Integration Joint Board (IJB) today, the following figures emerged:The entire NHS Lothian budget shows a funding gap of £22.4m and the IJB agreed to savings of...
- 07 Jul
SURVEY FINDS THAT MENTAL HEALTH DEMANDS ARE EXPECTED TO INCREASE THIS YEAR
The poll by NHS Providers suggests the following:Louise Rubin of the charity, Mind, said:"We are concerned that people coming forward and seeking help for mental health problems are not getting the...
- 16 Jun
ADASS ISSUES GUIDANCE FOR SOCIAL WORKERS ON HOW TO PROTECT VULNERABLE ADULTS FROM SCAMS
The guidance by the ADASS includes the following:Vice President of ADASS, Glen Garrod, said:"Carers, families and neighbours need to be more aware of abuse, which can see older and disabled people...
- 07 Jun
THE WELSH GOVERNMENT PAYS BACK TO FAMILIES WHO WRONGLY PAID CARE HOME FEES
A Welsh Government spokesman said:"Earlier this year we introduced an amended process in order to accelerate the speed at which claims are processed."We have also developed common reporting criteria...
How to fund Housing Support and Social Care Services "Alot of information in a short time, good for me because I travelled a long way. So I feel the journey was worthwhile." C.T - People First Dorset