Leveraging Healthcare Technology to Support Veterans’ Mental Health
As the world becomes increasingly digital, we have an opportunity to use technology to improve mental health support and care. Leveraging healthcare technology for mental health can provide more accessible, personalized, and effective treatment options for patients.
Some ways healthcare technology is being used for mental health include:
- Mobile apps for mindfulness and meditation
- Teletherapy and virtual mental health appointments
- Wearable devices to track mood and behavior patterns
- Chatbots and AI-powered virtual assistants for mental health support
The Department of Veterans Affairs is using technology to prevent suicides among veterans. In an interview with MobiHealthNews, Dr. Matt Miller, Director of the VA’s Suicide Prevention Program, discusses how they’re leveraging healthcare technology to provide better care and support for veterans in crisis.
Here are the key takeaways from the article:
- The VA is using predictive analytics to identify veterans who may be at risk of suicide and provide targeted interventions.
- They’re also developing digital tools such as mobile apps and chatbots to provide real-time support and resources to veterans.
- The VA is working with other organizations to address the root causes of suicide among veterans, including social isolation, economic instability, and access to lethal means.
Did you know that the VA’s suicide prevention hotline has received more than 3 million calls since its inception in 2007? This shows the urgent need for better mental health support for our veterans.