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NPJ Digit Med. 2018 Feb 26;1:20176. doi: 10.1038/s41746-017-0006-0. eCollection 2018.

New tests, new tools: mobile and connected technologies in advancing psychiatric diagnosis.

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1Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, Stanford University School of Medicine, Stanford, CA USA.
2Department of Psychiatry and Division of Hospital Medicine, Clinical Informatics, University of California San Francisco, San Francisco, CA USA.
Department of Psychiatry and Division of Clinical Informatics, Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, Harvard Medical School, Boston, MA USA.


Mental health is an area of growing interest in the digital health space. Mobile and connected technologies offer new tools that can potentially aid in both the diagnostic and interventional aspects of psychiatric care. To understand the potential of these digital tools in psychiatry, this paper offers an overview of the development, current research, clinical use cases, and next steps necessary to realize the potential of digital health in mental health. Focusing on smartphones' and wearable sensors' ability to advance clinical data collection via multiple domains: self-report, behavioral, and physiological, we explore opportunities and challenges in translating these technologies into clinical care tools that can advance how we understand and approach mental illness.


Diagnosis; Diagnostic markers

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Competing interestsThe authors declare no competing financial interests.

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