A new report (opens PDF) created by the World Economic Forum Global Future Council on Neurotechnologies, Empowering 8 Billion Minds: Enabling Better Mental Health for All via the Ethical Adoption of Technologies, proposes a framework to address privacy, trust and governance issues in the use of technologies for mental healthcare.
Mental health disorders are among the leading causes of mortality and could cost the global economy $16 trillion by 2030. By collecting and analysing data to inform treatment, it is easier for more people to access information and engage with professionals. While technologies, including smartphones, wearable sensors and artificial intelligence, are successfully meeting the current gaps in care, there are risks … The report calls for eight actions to realize the benefits of technology for mental healthcare while mitigating the risks:
- Create a governance structure to support the broad and ethical use of technology and mental healthcare
- Develop regulation that can enable innovation and ensure safety and efficacy
- Embed responsible practice into new technology designs
- Adopt a “test and learn” approach in implementing technology-led mental healthcare
- Exploit the advantages of scale by deploying innovations across larger communities
- Standardize the metrics used to measure, assess and understand mental health
- Build technology solutions that can be sustained over time
- Prioritize low income communities and countries
About the Report:
Title: Empowering 8 Billion Minds: Enabling Better Mental Health for All via the Ethical Adoption of Technologies
Description: The Forum’s Global Future Council on Neurotechnologies highlights the role technology is now playing in helping to address mental health concerns, mapping the areas for special focus and highlighting the ethical considerations for governments, policy makers and health leaders.The Council urges governments, policy-makers, business leaders and practitioners to address the barriers keeping effective treatments from those who need them, which include ethical considerations and a lack of evidence-based research. The report outlines eight actions that will enable technology to ethically address mental ill-health at scale.
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