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In recent years, digital health solutions have been developed for a variety of chronic conditions, but have yet to meet their promise. This “translation gap” represents a target for improving the state of digital health and bettering the health outcomes of patients. Mental healthcare, in particular, could benefit from digital health solutions.
According to Psychiatric Times, “Mental illnesses represent some of the most prevalent and disabling conditions. Depressive disorders ranked number 4 in age group 10-24 and number 6 in age group 25-49 in the list of leading global causes of level 3 disability-adjusted life-years (DALYS) and are associated with a wide range of negative outcomes, including loss of occupational function, reduced quality of life, and premature mortality. A key barrier to addressing these challenges stems from inadequate metrics to assess disease status, treatment effectiveness, and patient-relevant outcomes.”
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(Source: Psychiatric Times, August 11th, 2022)