Current State of Digital Health Technologies in Mental Healthcare – Psychiatry Advisor

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The following article is a part of conference coverage from Psych Congress 2020 Virtual Experience, held virtually from September 10 to 13, 2020. The team at Psychiatry Advisor will be reporting on the latest news and research conducted by leading experts in psychiatry. Check back for more from the Psych Congress 2020.

Digital health technologies such as mobile health, wearable sensors, telemedicine, and information technologies have been incorporated into some aspects of patient care; however, these advances have yet to be integrated into standard clinical management or intervention. These findings, derived from responses to a survey, were presented at Psych Congress 2020 Virtual Experience, held online from September 11 to 13, 2020.

During 2019, questionnaires were distributed across the United States through e-mail, in person, or during educational presentations. A total of 143 clinicians (20% psychiatrists, 18% nurse practitioners, 17% pharmacists, 5% residents or students, and other healthcare professionals) responded. The participants were surveyed about what types of digital health technology they used, what types of potential barriers existed, what aspects of clinical care would be least or most improved with digital health technology, and about how they were educated about the use of digital health technology.

The respondents reported using electronic health records (85%), telemedicine (47%), digital assessments or interventions (24%), health applications (24%), decision support systems (22%), medication …

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