Mobile early detection and connected intervention to coproduce better care in severe mental illness.

Pauline Whelan, Matthew Machin, Shôn Lewis, Iain Buchan, Caroline Sanders, Eve Applegate, Charlotte Stockton, Sally Preston, Robert Bowen, Zhimin He, Chris Roberts, Linda Davies, Til Wykes, Nicholas Tarrier, Shitij Kapur, John Ainsworth

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Current approaches to the management of severe mental
illness have four major limitations: 1) symptom reporting is
intermittent and subject to problems with reliability; 2) service
users report feelings of disengagement from their care
planning; 3) late detection of symptoms delay interventions
and increase the risk of relapse; and 4) care systems are held
back by the costs of unscheduled hospital admissions that
could have been avoided with earlier detection and
intervention. The ClinTouch system was developed to close the
loop between service users and health professionals.
ClinTouch is an end-to-end secure platform, providing a
validated mobile assessment technology, a web interface to
view symptom data and a clinical algorithm to detect risk of
relapse. ClinTouch integrates high-resolution, continuous
longitudinal symptom data into mental health care services
and presents it in a form that is easy to use for targeting care
where it is needed. The architecture and methodology can be
easily extended to other clinical domains, where the paradigm
of targeted clinical interventions, triggered by the early
detection of decline, can improve health outcomes.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)123-126
JournalMEDINFO 2015: eHealth-enabled Health
Publication statusPublished - 11 Aug 2015


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