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Br J Psychiatry. 2015 Apr;206(4):263-5. doi: 10.1192/bjp.bp.113.142612.

Technological innovations in mental healthcare: harnessing the digital revolution.

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Chris Hollis, PhD, MRCPsych, Richard Morriss, MD, FRCPsych, Jennifer Martin, BSc, PhD, NIHR MindTech Healthcare Technology Co-operative, Institute of Mental Health, University of Nottingham, Nottingham; Sarah Amani, PGDip Mental Health Nursing, PGDip CBT, Oxford Academic Health Science Network, Oxford; Rebecca Cotton, BSc, MRes, Mental Health Network - NHS Confederation, London; Mike Denis, MSc, Oxford Academic Health Science Centre/Network, Oxford; Shôn Lewis, MD, FMedSci, Institute of Brain, Behaviour and Mental Health, University of Manchester, Manchester Academic Health Science Centre, Manchester Mental Health and Social Care Trust, Manchester, UK.

Abstract

Digital technology has the potential to transform mental healthcare by connecting patients, services and health data in new ways. Digital online and mobile applications can offer patients greater access to information and services and enhance clinical management and early intervention through access to real-time patient data. However, substantial gaps exist in the evidence base underlying these technologies. Greater patient and clinician involvement is needed to evaluate digital technologies and ensure they target unmet needs, maintain public trust and improve clinical outcomes.

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PMID:
25833865
DOI:
10.1192/bjp.bp.113.142612
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