The Future of Psychiatry: Telehealth, Chatbots, and Artificial Intelligence

Could a chatbot, an online community, or a telepsychiatry solution offer meaningful help for people who are fighting mental health issues? Could virtual reality, artificial intelligence, or genetics appear as elements of assistance in the toolkit of medical professionals in the fields dealing with the human psyche? While we agree that medical fields requiring the most empathy and human touch will most probably not be swept away by new innovations, we looked thoroughly at how technology will appear in the future of psychiatry. Perhaps even help heal the cursed prince from Beauty and the Beast? The human touch is indispensable in fields dealing with the psyche When we started a project to map out the universe of mental health apps, we decided to also test Woebot, a little algorithmic assistant aiming to improve mood. It promises to meaningfully connect with you, to show bits and pieces of empathy while giving you a chance to talk about your troubles and have some counseling in return. Just as a human therapist would. At first, it was weird to imitate a conversation with a chatbot, personalized as a robot figure, as it was very palpable that the user is chatting with a programmed answering machine. Based on the team’s experiences, sometimes it was amusing, it even had some uplifting words of wisdom to offer, but our editor once said that there was a day when she thought to herself how sad it would have been if she had only talked to Woebot that day. She could have...
Source: The Medical Futurist - Category: Information Technology Authors: Tags: Future of Medicine Virtual Reality in Medicine AI apps AR artificial intelligence digital health digital health technologies health apps Innovation mental health psychiatry psychology technology VR Source Type: blogs

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Source: Journal of Food Composition and Analysis - Category: Food Science Source Type: research
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chez I, Callao MP Abstract This paper proposes to use chromatographic fingerprints coupled to multivariate techniques to authenticate the geographical origin of extra-virgin olive oils (EVOO) of the Arbequina botanical variety. This methodology uses the whole or part of the chromatogram as input data for the classification models but does not identify or quantify the chemicals constituents. Arbequina monovarietal EVOOs from three geographical origins were studied: two from adjacent European Protected Designation of Origin areas, Siurana and Les Garrigues, in Catalonia in the northeast of Spain; and the third from ...
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Source: Journal of Medical Humanities - Category: Medical Ethics Source Type: research
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