Evaluating Behavioral Health Apps: Insights from the M-Health Index and Navigation Database
There are 1000s of behavioral health apps. But which are right for your organization to recommend or endorse? This talk will discuss the potential and the pitfalls in the dynamic behavioral app space with a focus on the latest research, regulatory changes, payment schemes, and evaluation metrics. Whether seeking to offer apps to your employees, offer them as a health benefit to patients, or help your clinical teams make sense of the confusing marketplace, this talk is designed to give you direct answers and concrete steps to follow.
Using the M-Health Index and Navigation Database (mindapps.org) from Beth Isreal Deaconess Medical Center as an example, interactive demonstrations of app evaluation will be offered as well as lessons from creating digital formularies for diverse healthcare organizations. Experiences using apps with clients and important considerations when working with app vendors will also be shared.
Lessons to be Learned:
John Torous, MD MBI is director of the digital psychiatry division, in the Department of Psychiatry at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, a Harvard Medical School affiliated teaching hospital, where he also serves as a staff psychiatrist and assistant professor. He has a background in electrical engineering and computer sciences and received an undergraduate degree in the field from UC Berkeley before attending medical school at UC San Diego. He completed his psychiatry residency, fellowship in clinical informatics, and master's degree in biomedical informatics at Harvard. Dr. Torous is active in investigating the potential of mobile mental health technologies for psychiatry and has published over 200 peer reviewed articles and 5 books chapters on the topic. He serves as editor-in-chief for JMIR Mental Health (http://mental.jmir.org/), web editor for JAMA Psychiatry, currently leads the American Psychiatric Association’s Health IT Committee, and is a senior member in IEEE.
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