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Acta Psychiatr Scand. 2020 Jan 13. doi: 10.1111/acps.13149. [Epub ahead of print]

Digital navigators to implement smartphone and digital tools in care.

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Division of Digital Psychiatry, Department of Psychiatry, Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, Harvard Medical School, Boston, MA, USA.


While smartphone apps and other digital health tools have the clear potential to increase both quality of and access to care, actual successful implementation remains limited. Challenges often encountered in seeking to use apps in care include selecting safe/effective tools, spending clinical time troubleshooting technology instead of discussing health matters, and lack of time to check and review constant streams of data these digital tools can produce. In this 'From Research to Clinical Practice' piece, we focus on how a new care team member, the digital navigator, can help overcome these barriers through conducting evidence-based app evaluation to help in selecting the right apps, troubleshooting technology outside of visits to improve the therapeutic alliance during, and finally summarizing digital data to facilitate clinical care that focus on actionable data.


apps; digital health; internet therapy; outcome


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