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New Research Looks at the Promise of ‘Digital Neuropsychology’

In a new paper published in The Clinical Neuropsychologist, McLean Hospital’s Laura Germine, PhD, and her colleagues describe the many ways in which cognitive tests conducted with computers and smartphones might improve upon traditional “pencil-and-paper” tests. The researchers also present a critical overview of modern testing technology to help neuropsychologists understand...

Local Students Learn About Potential of Using Technology to Address Loneliness

Coding, robotics, virtual reality (VR)—to most of us, these are mostly foreign concepts, or they exist solely in the realm of science fiction. But to a group of 5th graders in Belmont, Massachusetts, who participate in the First Lego League (FLL)—and to Justin T. Baker, MD, PhD, scientific director of McLean Hospital’s Institute for Technology in Psychiatry—these are...

New Smartphone App Helps During Mental Health Treatment Transition

The transition out of an inpatient psychiatric setting is never easy—for the patient or the clinician. And the challenge escalates after the day program ends and the patient returns home. Now, clinicians at McLean Hospital’s Behavioral Health Partial Hospital Program (BHP), a day program that integrates psychotherapy and pharmacotherapy (medications), believe they have a way to...

Summit Envisions Future of Technology in Psychiatry

Technology is ubiquitous. Children have smartphones, octogenarians are savvy iPad users, and nearly everyone tracks steps and calories with wearables. It is no surprise that the field of psychiatry is forging a path toward using technology to revolutionize the way mental illnesses are diagnosed and treated as well as how outcomes are measured. Attendees at the 2017 Technology in Psychiatry...

An Epic Leap Into the Future of Health Care

With more than a dozen clinical, technical, and administrative staff looking on from a command center atop Belmont Hill, at 5am on June 24, 2017, McLean Hospital took a giant leap into the future of health care as it flipped the switch and officially “went live” with an electronic health record (EHR). The EHR, which is built using the Epic platform and is known as Partners eCare, is...

Using New Technology to Track Senior Health

Mounted on the wall in David’s room at an assisted living facility west of Boston is a small, white box. It emits a low hum, but otherwise, it is hard to know it is there. But, while people in the room may not notice the box, the box is noticing everything that goes on in the room. The box houses a highly sophisticated sensor called Emerald, and it is helping clinicians find better ways to...

McLean Team Wins Technology Competition

A McLean team took home the top prize in the 2017 Partners Connected Health Innovation Challenge for their proposal to translate a highly effective addiction treatment into a platform for mobile phones and other devices. Led by Cheryl Cronin, MBA, MA, the team consists of clinicians and staff from McLean’s Center of Excellence in Substance Use Disorders, including Fernside, one of McLean...

McLean Leaders Call for Expansion of Electronic Health Records in Psychiatric Care

In an essay to be published in the May 3 issue of the New England Journal of Medicine (NEJM), leaders from McLean Hospital make the case for expanding the use of electronic health records (EHRs) in psychiatric care. The authors report that psychiatric care providers have lagged behind the rest of the health care industry in adopting EHRs. This, they explain, has caused psychiatrists,...

McLean’s Integrated Group Therapy App Wins Innovation Challenge

A team from McLean Hospital won this year’s Partners Connected Health Innovation Challenge (CHIC) for a proposal to create a digital platform that brings integrated group therapy (IGT) to individuals with co-occurring mood disorders and addiction to drugs or alcohol. The team, which competed against more than 50 other submissions, will receive 200 hours of service from the Partners...

Can Smartphones and Digital Health Trackers Revolutionize Mental Health Care?

Can technology solve some of our biggest mental health challenges? That’s the key question being addressed by some of the nation’s top technology and mental health experts during the McLean Hospital Technology in Psychiatry Summit next week (November 6-7) at Harvard Medical School. “Tremendous advances in science and technology have enabled greater understanding of the brain,...

Partners Connected Health Names a Team from McLean Hospital Winner of 2017 Innovation Challenge

Partners Connected Health today announced that a team from McLean Hospital was named the winner of the 2017 Partners Connected Health Innovation Challenge (CHIC). The Challenge was created to accelerate the development of disruptive, patient-centric, and connected health solutions, from Partners HealthCare employees and clinical faculty, to radically improve the lives of patients. To bridge the...

Brain Training Shows Promise for Patients with Bipolar Disorder

Researchers at McLean Hospital, an affiliate of Harvard Medical School, have discovered for the first time that computerized brain training can result in improved cognitive skills in individuals with bipolar disorder. In a paper published in the October 17, 2017, edition of The Journal of Clinical Psychiatry, the researchers suggest that brain exercises could be an effective non-pharmaceutical...

Institute for Technology in Psychiatry Envisions the Future of Mental Health

At a restaurant in San Diego, Ipsit Vahia, MD, had his “aha” moment. He and his wife were dining with friends and their four-year-old son, who was restless and disruptive. Vahia handed over his iPhone, and the boy was quietly absorbed until it was time to leave. Distracting children with technology is not new, but Dr. Vahia left the experience with the genesis of a research question...

McLean Researchers Uncover Security Issues with Health Apps for Dementia Patients

Use caution when entering personal health information into a convenient app on your mobile device, because not all apps are created equal when it comes to protecting your privacy, warns McLean Hospital and Harvard Medical School clinicians. In a recent paper, a team of McLean Hospital researchers reported that many health apps designed to assist dementia patients and their caregivers have...

Tablet Devices Show Promise in Managing Agitation Among Patients With Dementia

A new pilot study led by Ipsit Vahia, MD, medical director of Geriatric Psychiatry Outpatient Services at McLean Hospital, suggests that the use of tablet computers is both a safe and a potentially effective approach to managing agitation among patients with dementia. “Tablet use as a nonpharmacologic intervention for agitation in older adults, including those with severe dementia, appears...

Technology: Modern Help for the Aging Mind

Digital technology isn’t just a domain for younger generations. It also has amazing potential for activating the mind and improving the quality of life in older adults. How do older adults use technology? A common misconception is that older adults are technophobic. One reason behind this thinking may be older people’s relative lack of exposure to technology. Whereas technology is a...

McLean Hospital Launches Institute for Technology in Psychiatry

McLean Hospital, the largest psychiatric affiliate of Harvard Medical School, recently announced the launch of the Institute for Technology in Psychiatry (ITP), which will harness the enthusiasm for technologies such as smartphones, wearable devices, and tablets to bring more personalized and accessible behavioral and mental health care to individuals globally and advance psychiatric research....

Technology Improves Quality of Life for Older Adults

Technology may revolutionize the lives of older adults with psychiatric disorders, thanks to creative research ideas posed by Ipsit Vahia, MD, McLean’s new medical director for Geriatric Psychiatry Outpatient Services. Dr. Vahia is working closely with Dr. Brent Forester on a number of novel studies that explore the use of technology and smart devices to improve assessment of psychiatric...

How Technologies are Helping to Improve Mental Health Care

In today’s world, everyone carries a smartphone. Why not capitalize on this and develop apps that will help improve health care—specifically mental health care? This is a question that many start-up companies and McLean Hospital are asking. Ideally, technology should create a sensible balance in supporting and enhancing clinical care for patients while providing real-time behavioral...

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