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Innovation: Get Therapy through your iPhone

Excel­lent arti­cle about an emerg­ing “small rev­o­lu­tion” in men­tal health care:

Mari­enti­na Got­sis, media lab man­ag­er at USC, start­ed think­ing about design­ing apps with ther­a­peu­tic poten­tial when she real­ized that her phone had joined her wal­let and keys on the small list of things she nev­er left home with­out. “It’s what keeps peo­ple con­nect­ed, func­tion­al, feel­ing safe and enter­tained. So why not use what peo­ple hold on to close to deliv­er behav­ioral inter­ven­tions?”

It’s the kind of inno­va­tion that Kath­leen Car­roll, a psy­chol­o­gy pro­fes­sor at Yale, says may be a “small rev­o­lu­tion” in men­tal health care. These apps are part of the “brain fit­ness” indus­try, a cat­e­go­ry that includes com­put­er­ized mem­o­ry exer­cis­es and cog­ni­tive-impair­ment assess­ment pro­grams, and that Sharp­Brains, a com­pa­ny that ana­lyzes the indus­try, esti­mates to have grown 35 per­cent in 2009, to $295 mil­lion.

The idea of get­ting coun­sel­ing from a com­put­er or smart­phone may seem strange, but it’s been in the works for years. In 2006, the British Nation­al Insti­tute for Health and Clin­i­cal Excel­lence rec­om­mend­ed two pro­grams, Fear Fight­er and Beat­ing the Blues, as first-line treat­ments for mild-to-mod­er­ate anx­i­ety and depres­sion.

Full arti­cle deserves read­ing: Get Ther­a­py through your iPhone (The Dai­ly Beast)

Medicine 2.0: the impact of web 2.0 on healthcare?

Wel­come to the 30th edi­tion of Med­i­cine 2.0, the blog car­ni­val devot­ed to arti­cles that ana­lyze the cur­rent and poten­tial impact of web 2.0 tech­nolo­gies on med­i­cine and health­care.

Med­i­cine 2.0” 101

The first ques­tion is, of course, “What exact­ly is Med­i­cine 2.0?”. The sec­ond, “Who cares?”. The third, “Why?”

Anthro­pol­o­gists are here to help. Who bet­ter to help under­stand emerg­ing arti­facts of the health and med­ical tribe, as evi­denced by the fan­tas­tic lec­ture An Anthro­po­log­i­cal Intro­duc­tion To Youtube giv­en to the Library of Con­gress by Pro­fes­sor Michael Wesch. As Open Think­ing sug­gests, the video which is 55 min­utes long pro­vides an “excel­lent back­grounder on social media, user-gen­er­at­ed con­tent, and online com­mu­ni­ties through the lens of anthro­pol­o­gy.”

If you are more the Pow­er­Point type, you can access the great slide pre­sen­ta­tion and list of web­sites pro­vid­ed by eHealth: see Web 2.0 in Clin­i­cal Research.

The Future of Med­i­cine and Health 2.0

Admit­ted­ly, the Med­i­cine 2.0 field is still small and emerg­ing. But, how will it grow? What new health­care out­comes will it enable and sup­port? What may be the trade-offs to con­sid­er, if any? Read the rest of this entry »

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