A new centre for digital innovation which could transform the way mental health care is provided has been launched.
The Centre for Translational Informatics (CTI) is led by by Kingâ€™s College Londonâ€™sÂ Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology & NeuroscienceÂ (IoPPN) andÂ South London and Maudsley (SLaM) NHS Foundation Trust.Â It brings together advances in analytics, software development and implementation to drive forward improvements in the way that mental health is treated, and provide solutions to the challenges presented by the data revolution in healthcare â€“ what we call â€˜digital pragmatismâ€™.
Matthew Hotopf, director of the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) Maudsley Biomedical Research Centre (BRC) said: â€œThe digital revolution offers extraordinary potential benefits for patients. CTI harnesses this potential, building on research breakthroughs made at the NIHR Maudsley BRC.
â€œWe are bringing data scientists, computer scientists and clinicians together under one roof and partnering with some of the most exciting talent in digital innovation.â€
Pioneers of digital healthcare and a wide range of experts, from across academia, the digital industries and clinical organisations, will showcase innovations including:
Virtual realityÂ is providing a new way to assess thought, emotions and behaviour in mental health research. Â Researchers from IoPPN areÂ trialling VRÂ for patients with psychosis, eating disorders and mood disorders.
Wearable and smartphone technologyÂ could offer new treatments, improve quality of life and revolutionise mental health care delivery.Â Â RADAR-CNS, a five year project to remotely monitor variables including speech, activity, sleep, memory and cognition in patients with MS, epilepsy and depression; andÂ SleepSight, which is monitoring sleep to prevent relapse in schizophrenia, are two exciting research projects in this area.
Patient controlled health recordsÂ enable service users, clinicians, carers and researchers to contribute together to a more effective and efficient health and care experience.Â Â MyhealthlockerÂ at SLaM allows service users to have control over their health information â€“ including accessing their care plan, keeping track of how they are feeling, accessing resources and tips on staying well, and managing their health and wellbeing.
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