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Tag: Natural Language Processing

AI Tool Can Detect Signs of Mental Health Decline in Text Messages

Article Excerpt:  Text messaging is a growing part of mental health evaluation and treatment as telehealth services have increased in recent years. However, text messaging-based interventions can lack some of the emotional reference points and subtle mental health indicators that clinicians use when navigating in-person visits with patients, the press release states. Mental health providers are facing burnout, like their peers in other medical specialties. But they are tasked with providing high-quality care during a behavioral healthcare provider shortage and the US youth mental health crisis. These strains, the press release notes, can cause undertrained or overworked clinicians to miss cognitive distortions that act as warning signs of mental health decline in their text exchanges with patients.

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Article Source: Health IT Analytics


Artificial Intelligence Tools Quickly Detect Signs of Injection Drug Use in Patients’ Health Records

Article Excerpt: An automated process that combines natural language processing and machine learning identified people who inject drugs (PWID) in electronic health records more quickly and accurately than current methods that rely on manual record reviews. Currently, people who inject drugs are identified through International Classification of Diseases (ICD) codes that are specified in patients’ electronic health records by the health care providers or extracted from those notes by trained human coders who review them for billing purposes. But there is no specific ICD code for injection drug use, so providers and coders must rely on a combination of non-specific codes as proxies to identify PWIDs—a slow approach that can lead to inaccuracies.

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Article Source: Medical XPress


Doctors Using AI, Supercomputer To Predict And Prevent 50% Of Mental Illness

Article Excerpt: Almost a billion people globally suffer from some form of mental illness. But doctors from Cincinnati Children’s Hospital are using artificial intelligence and the world’s second most powerful supercomputer for early diagnosis. And that, they say, can make all the difference. “If we can identify this early … we can treat for and alleviate almost 50% of the mental illness that goes into adulthood,” Dr. John Pestian told me recently on the TechFirst podcast. “So catching it young, catching it early, and giving care is a very important part.”

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Article Source: Forbes


Using natural language processing and sentiment analysis to augment traditional user-centered design: Development and usability study

Petersen C, Halter R, Kotz D, et al. (2020). Using Natural Language Processing and Sentiment Analysis to Augment Traditional User-Centered Design: Development and Usability Study. JMIR Mhealth Uhealth. 8(8): e16862. doi: 10.2196/16862

Researchers developed a mobile app for a Bluetooth-connected resistance exercise band to help seniors mitigate sarcopenia (age-related loss of muscle mass) and applied natural language processing (NLP) and sentiment analysis to end-user interview data. Read More