Web-based counseling -- Telepsychiatry -- is taking off
"We're trying to use context sensing," Mohr said. "We're using the in-dwelling sensors in the smart phone to identify specific patient states that may be relevant to depression and the treatment of it."
Mobile phones today have myriad sensors, such as GPS, gyroscopes, accelerometers, light sensors and microphones.
Mobilyze!, under development in Feinberg's newly opened Center for Behavioral Intervention Technologies, harnesses cell-phone sensor data on a near continuous basis, and uses computer algorithms to detect specific patient states.
"The states we're trying to detect are location, activity, social context and mood," Mohr said. "We're using a machine-learning paradigm that initially requires some user input."
For example, the application can use sensor data to determine a person's location, activity level, and level of social interaction.
If a patient inputs that one of his positive activities may be calling a friend or meeting someone for coffee, the phone can determine if the patient has performed that activity over a period of time, and if he hasn't, it will remind him.
"When people are depressed they tend not to engage in activities that are rewarding or enjoyable. If you increase those activities, it will improve your mood," Mohr said. "If you're at home on Saturday for four hours or more, for example, then you're at greater risk for depression."
But don't expect smartphone consultations anytime soon. JSA Health Telepsychiatry's Fishkind said size still matters.
"We believe, and not everyone does, that very high quality equipment on the other end makes patients more comfortable faster," he said. "If they were looking at a small picture on a cell phone, you can imagine there would be a very different sense of connectedness to the psychiatrist then if they're doing a 1080P transmission on a 42-inch television."
Lucas Mearian covers storage, disaster recovery and business continuity, financial services infrastructure and health care IT for Computerworld. Follow Lucas on Twitter at @lucasmearian, or subscribe to Lucas's RSS feed . His e-mail address is email@example.com.
Health care and IT
- HIPAA rules, outdated tech cost U.S. hospitals $8.3B a year
- How big data will save your life
- WebMD, Qualcomm build consumer cloud for mobile health data
- Lack of healthcare IT workers slows tech progress
- U.S. doctors don't believe patients need full access to health records
- Bill Clinton calls for healthcare price transparency, embracing IT to cut costs
- Physicians may be marginalized as mobile tech engages us in healthcare
- IBM: Watson will eventually fit on a smartphone, diagnose illness
- Hospitals need to copy airline, bank, retail e-business models
- Health providers can't find, keep IT staff
Read more about Healthcare IT in Computerworld's Healthcare IT Topic Center.
- Google I/O 2013's Coolest Products and Services
- 10 Star Trek Technologies That are Almost Here
- 19 Generations of Computer Programmers
- 25 Must-Have Technologies for SMBs
- A walking tour: 33 questions to ask about your company's security
- 15 social media scams
- The 7 elements of a successful security awareness program
With the promise of big data (solving the unsolvable problems, informing better decision making, creating new products and services, discovering patterns and acting on them, etc.) on the horizon, what has really changed? Does this mean that everything we know and do with not-so-big data should be tossed?
- IT Certification Study Tips
- Register for this Computerworld Insider Study Tip guide and gain access to hundreds of premium content articles, cheat sheets, product reviews and more.
- Case Study: Hospital Turns to Email Archiving Solution to Ensure Regulatory Compliances
- Read this case study to learn how a cloud-based email archiving solution enabled the hospital to meet government mandates and helps avoid thousands...
- Case Study: In-the-Cloud Email Service Replaces Three Point Products
- Read this case study for more information on a comprehensive in-the-cloud email service to help replace three point products.
- Case Study: Simplifying the Transition to Exchange 2010 with Email Management Solutions
- Read this case study to learn how a cloud-based email management solution greatly simplified the company's transition to Exchange 2010.
- Intelligent Systems: A Prescription for Health Care Transformation
- Facing an onslaught of regulatory changes and market pressures, health care providers are grappling with how to transform existing services as part of...
- The Importance of Network Time Synchronization
- Your network is time stamping files, email, transactions, etc., while your server logs are recording the transactions in case you need that information.... All Healthcare IT White Papers
- Becoming An Analytics Driven Organization
- Join us on Tuesday, June 18, 2013, 11:00 AM EDT and learn how your agency can create an analytics culture that will enable...
- 3 Reasons Why Sepaton is the World's Fastest Backup Solution
- Leading analyst, Storage Switzerland learns how Sepaton backs up and deduplicates massive data volumes while maintaining the industry's fastest performance - all in...
- Enterprise File Sharing: All You Need to Know
- Security. Scalability. Control. These are just some of the many benefits of enterprise cloud file-sharing that you'll discover in this KnowledgeVault, packed with...
- Bridging HTTP and FTP with FileXpress Internet Server
- What if you could take an FTP server on your internal network, and allow external users (partners or customers) to securely access it...
- MFT and FileXpress - An Overview
- Business users and applications exchange files on a regular basis. File transfer is a core part of the flow of business activity. All Healthcare IT Webcasts