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A Chatbot Helped More People Access Mental-Health Services

Article Excerpt: An AI chatbot helped increase the number of patients referred for mental-health services through England’s National Health Service (NHS), particularly among underrepresented groups who are less likely to seek help, new research has found. Demand for mental-health services in England is on the rise, particularly since the covid-19 pandemic. Mental-health services received 4.6 million patient referrals in 2022—the highest number on record—and the number of people in contact with such services is growing steadily. But neither the funding nor the number of mental-health professionals is adequate to meet this rising demand, according to the British Medical Association. The chatbot’s creators, from the AI company Limbic, set out to investigate whether AI could lower the barrier to care by helping patients access help more quickly and efficiently. A new study, published today in Nature Medicine, evaluated the effect that the chatbot, called Limbic Access, had on referrals to the NHS Talking Therapies for Anxiety and Depression program, a series of evidence-based psychological therapies for adults experiencing anxiety disorders, depression, or both.

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Article Source: MIT Technology Review


How AI Is Being Used to Solve the Mental Health Crisis

Article Excerpt: Most systems have struggled to identify how to provide quality mental health services that meet or exceed the basic therapeutic response, which often consists of merely evaluating a patient admitted to the psych ward of a hospital, sometimes medicating them, and quickly discharging them within a few days or weeks under the guise of recommending a sensible “action plan” for the patient to follow. Therefore, to properly address rising mental health needs in every community, public agencies (specifically, health departments, school systems, jails/prisons, and even the military) are beginning to partner with private digital behavioral health companies to expand much-needed access to support services.

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Article Source: Unite.AI


Zeroing In On the Origins of Bias in Large Language Models

Article Excerpt: When artificial intelligence models pore over hundreds of gigabytes of training data to learn the nuances of language, they also imbibe the biases woven into the texts.

Computer science researchers at Dartmouth are devising ways to home in on the parts of the model that encode these biases, paving the way to mitigating, if not removing them altogether.

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Article Source: Dartmouth News

Dr. Jodi Halpern on why AI isn’t a magic bullet for mental health

Article Excerpt:UC Berkeley School of Public Health Professor Jodi Halpern has spent years working on the ethics of innovative technologies like gene editing and artificial intelligence. But lately Halpern, a psychiatrist, has been focusing on the expanding use of AI in mental health.

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Article Source: Berkeley Public Health


Artificial Intelligence and Your Health

Article Excerpt: There’s a lot of talk about artificial intelligence, or AI, these days. AI is everywhere—from virtual assistants to facial recognition software. The technology is even assisting doctors and scientists. So what exactly is AI? And how is it helping advance scientific research?

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Article Source: NIH News in Health

5 Healthcare Trends that Will Shape 2024

Article Excerpt: The healthcare industry is undergoing a significant shift involving patient care delivery, struggling with nursing shortages, and adapting to technological changes that are redefining the entire field of medicine. As we look into the future, 2024 promises a profound transformation. Here are five areas of focus for the upcoming year.

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Article Source: MedCityNews


AI and Clinical Practice—AI Monitoring to Reduce Data-Based Disparities

Article Excerpt:Amid the surging buzz around artificial intelligence (AI), can we trust the Al hype, and more importantly, are we ready for its implications? In this Q&A, Arvind Narayanan, PhD, a professor of computer science at Princeton, joins JAMA’s Editor in Chief Kirsten Bibbins-Domingo, PhD, MD, MAS, to discuss the exploration of Al’s fairness, transparency, and accountability.

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Article Source: JAMA Network


How Are AI Companies Reacting to HHS’ New Transparency Requirements?

Article Excerpt: The use of AI in healthcare fills some people with feelings of enthusiasm, some with fear and some with both. In fact, a new survey from the American Medical Association showed that nearly half of physicians are equally excited and concerned about the introduction of AI into their field. Some key reasons people have reservations about healthcare AI include concerns that the technology lacks sufficient regulation and that people using AI algorithms often don’t understand how they work. Last week, HHS finalized a new rule that seeks to address these concerns by establishing transparency requirements for the use of AI in healthcare settings. It is slated to go into effect by the end of 2024.

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Article Source: MedCityNews


Chatbot Therapy Is Risky. It’s Also Not Useless

Article Excerpt: This lack of access, fueled by a nationwide mental health crisis and a shortage of therapists in the US — not to mention a health care system that can, for many, make it extremely difficult to find an in-network provider — is a problem that urgently needs solutions. As with any such problem, there are people out there who say the solution is technology. Enter AI. As Generative AI chatbots have rolled out to a wider range of users, some have started using readily available, multipurpose tools like ChatGPT as therapists.

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Article Source: Vox