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MHT Delivers New Technology for Measuring and Improving Mental Wellness

Article Excerpt: Mental Health Technologies (MHT) offers a rapidly growing cloud-based platform primary care physicians and mental health professionals use to screen and test for mental health disorders, including depression and substance abuse. MHT helps providers identify areas where their patients are struggling and refers them to the proper behavioral healthcare professional…SmarTest is a tool that uses intelligence and historical data to define when-and how-a patient should be tested for various mental health conditions. It can base its decisions on patient information, such as age, gender, or other demographics.

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Article Source: Accesswire


Mobile App–Based Self-Report Questionnaires for the Assessment and Monitoring of Bipolar Disorder: Systematic Review

Chan E, Sun Y, Aitchison K, Sivapalan S. Mobile App–Based Self-Report Questionnaires for the Assessment and Monitoring of Bipolar Disorder: Systematic Review. JMIR Form Res 2021;5(1):e13770 DOI: 10.2196/13770

to determine the state of evidence for feasibility and validity of mobile app-based self-report questionnaires as tools for monitoring of bipolar symptoms. All papers published in English that assessed adherence to and validity of mobile app-based self-report surveys for monitoring patients with bipolar disorder were included. A total of 13 articles were identified. Four studies assessed the concurrent validity of mobile self-report tools and all 4 found a statistically significant association between mood ratings collected via mobile app self-report and clinical assessment using the Hamilton Depression Rating Scale or Montgomery-Asberg Depression Rating Scale. . Two studies observed statistically significant associations between data collected via mobile app self-report tools and instruments assessing clinically- related factors. Satisfactory adherence rates (at least 70%) were observed in all but 1 study that used a once-daily assessment. There was a wide range of adherence rates in studies using twice-daily assessments (42-95%). Overall, the review demonstrated that mobile app-based self-report instruments are valid relative to established assessment methods for measuring symptoms of mania and depression in patients with bipolar disorder. Future research is needed to evaluate feasibility of mobile self-report methods for identifying acute episodes and to inform insights into differences between patients with bipolar disorder and those without lived experience of this condition.


Wearable Technology Started by Tracking Steps. Soon, It May Allow Your Boss to Track Your Performance

Article Excerpt: The rise of wearable devices such as the Apple Watch and Fitbit offer us the ability to turn our daily lives into an never-ending catalogue of interpretable data: how many steps we take, the number of calories we consume, our REM sleep cycles, and even the health of our hearts. Now a team of researchers at Dartmouth say those wearables can serve another purpose — determining whether you’re a productive employee.

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Article Source: The Washington Post.  Also posted in South Bend Tribune, The South China Morning Post, Messenger-Inquirer, and Gulf News.


New Mobile Tool On Card To Judge Employee Performance: Here’s All You Need To Know

Article Excerpt: New York, Jun Using smartphones, fitness bracelets and a custom app, a mobile-sensing system has been developed that judges employee performance with an accuracy of 80 per cent…”This is a radically new approach to evaluating workplace performance using passive sensing data from phones and wearables, mobile sensing and machine learning. It might be the key to unlocking the best from every employee,” said Andrew Campbell, Professor at Dartmouth University in the US.

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Article Source: Times Now News via Indo-Asian News Service (IANS). Also picked up by The Economic Times, The Weekend Leader, Outlook India, and Mumbai Press.


O’Malley Receives Distinguished Award for Scientific Excellence

Article Excerpt: James O’Malley, MS, PhD, a professor of The Dartmouth Institute for Health Policy and Clinical Practice and of biomedical data science at the Geisel School of Medicine and director of the Program in Quantitative Biomedical Sciences, has received the 2019 ISPOR (International Society for Pharmacoeconomics and Outcomes Research) Award for Excellence in Health Economics and Outcomes Research Methodology.

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Article Source: Dartmouth Geisel School of Medicine News


Measuring the implementation of behavioral intervention technologies: Recharacterization of established outcomes

Hermes EDA, Lyon AR, Schueller SM, Glass J. (2019). Measuring the implementation of behavioral intervention technologies: Recharacterization of established outcomes. Journal of Medical Internet Research. 21(1): e11752. doi: 10.2196/11752

Researchers examined outcomes of implementation research (i.e., acceptability, adoption, appropriateness, feasibility, fidelity, cost, reach, sustainability) applied to digital behavioral health interventions. Read More


High Tech Wearable Sensor Can Detect Hidden Anxiety and Depression in Young Children Much Faster than Traditional Methods

Article Excerpt: A new wearable sensor tracks children’s movements and uses their body language to distinguish between children with or without anxiety or depression…Scientists at the University of Vermont are working on novel ways to diagnose children’s unique symptoms, including a new sensor and algorithm that translate the ways kids move into a clearer picture of their moods.

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Article Source: Daily Mail


Blended smoking cessation treatment: Exploring measurement, levels, and predictors of adherence

Siemer L, Brusse-Keizer MGJ, Postel MG, et al. (2018). Blended smoking cessation treatment: Exploring measurement, levels, and predictors of adherence. Journal of Medical Internet Research. 20(8): e246. doi: 10.2196/jmir.9969

Researchers explored adherence to smoking cessation treatment among participants in a randomized controlled study (n=75) that received 5 sessions each of web-based and face-to-face treatment. Read More


Scientists Seek Ways to Finally Take a Real Measure of Pain

Article Excerpt: The National Institutes of Health is pushing for development of what its director, Dr. Francis Collins, has called a “pain-o-meter.” Spurred by the opioid crisis, the goal isn’t just to signal how much pain someone’s in. It’s also to determine what kind it is and what drug might be the most effective.

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Article Source: AP News