Virtual lifeline between psychiatrists and their patientsMay. 17, 2016
One in five Americans suffers from a behavioral health condition. It’s among the top five reasons for hospital admissions and re-admissions and the most expensive one, costing the US healthcare system some $45.3 billion annually.
Tel Aviv University biomedical engineer Uri Nevo decided to create a smartphone-based solution for patients and their psychiatrists to continuously and unobtrusively monitor changes in behavior and address them before they get out of control.
“There are medications to stabilize patients but no objective tools for assessing a patient’s mental state,” explains Keren Sela, a researcher fromNevo’s lab who helped develop the Lifegraph app and data visualization dashboard three years ago.
“We worked on the technology for the first year and then started clinical trials in three large mental health centers here in Israel,” Sela tells ISRAEL21c. “That helped us improve the technology and learn about detecting different behavioral situations in patients with severe mood disorders. We are now looking to expand to the United States.”