Our team's recent paper explores digital health privacy as a global health concern through a careful examination of reading levels and privacy policies of smartphone apps in India for mental health and diabetes.. The required college reading level of these privacy policies reduces transparency and precludes informed decision making around adoption of health apps. Read the full paper for free at the JMIR website LINK
Which mental health apps are useful and safe? Which not so? There are many approaches to this problem and in our new paper - we outline many. Read the full text HERE:
Come join our symposium at IEEE EMBS 2018: "Digital Psychiatry: Smartphones, Sensors, And Signal Processing For Improving Detection And Outcomes In Serious Mental Illness" https://embc.embs.org/2018/mini-symposia/
Our team's recent piece co-written with Dr. Honor Hsin of Verily explores: "Creating boundaries to empower digital health technology" and is free to read in BJPsych Open: LINK
Link to full text: LINK. Story by Erene Stergiopoulous on TheOutLine.com
From the moment he wakes up to the time he goes to sleep, Spencer Roux keeps a digital remote in his pocket. The remote keeps a tally: each time he presses the button, it updates a daily count and uploads it to an online dashboard . Roux, a 29-year old engineer living in Dover, New Hampshire, was diagnosed with schizophrenia six years ago. He uses the remote to keep track of his auditory hallucinations — how many he hears every day, and at what times......
This spring, Torous and his collaborators published a three-month pilot study showing Beiwe’s ability to predict relapse in people with schizophrenia, which is crucial because earlier intervention means catching symptoms sooner, before they become harder to treat.
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Headache diaries are a mainstay of migraine management, and many commercial smartphone apps have been developed to help people track their pain. A new Headache study found that such apps often share information with third parties, posing privacy risks partly because there are few legal protections against the sale or disclosure of data from medical apps to third parties.
Of 14 diary apps analyzed, all collected medical information from the user with 57% (8/14) offering the capability to store patient diary data on the app providers' servers, 14% (2/14) not providing clear statements as to whether patient data would be stored locally or remotely, and others storing data locally on the user's device and/or in Dropbox's 'cloud.'
'In 2018, it is estimated that nearly half of 3.4 billion smartphone users will use health-related apps, and currently, there are a wide range of apps on the market for various neurologic and pain conditions,' said lead author Dr. Mia Minen, of NYU Langone Medical Center, in New York. 'We think our study may have widespread implications for people suffering from various chronic conditions.'