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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: could...

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 to be...

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 symptoms...

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 and...

A Picture Can Say 1,000 Words

After taking dozens of photos of trains at commuter rail stations, Susan Camuti finally captured the image she was seeking. Using a specialized app on her smartphone, she transformed the image of an approaching train to depict what her mania feels like. “When I feel manic, it feels like a train is running through my chest—like a rumbling, fast, energizing, but disturbing feeling,” said Camuti,...

McLean Hospital and Valera Health Use Smartphones to Engage Patients

McLean Hospital, the largest psychiatric affiliate of Harvard Medical School, and emerging health tech startup Valera Health are partnering to conduct a clinical trial that will test a new digital technology to support patients with schizophrenia and bipolar disorder. The clinical trial, titled “Using mobile technology to improve quality of care in individuals with mental illness,” will evaluate...

Internet-Based Cognitive Behavioral Therapy: Care at the Click of a Mouse

Can Internet-based cognitive behavioral therapy (iCBT) for major depressive disorder (MDD) replace face-to-face treatment for some patients? That’s the trailblazing question that McLean President and Psychiatrist in Chief Scott L. Rauch, MD, and his colleagues set out to answer when they launched their latest study. “The application of iCBT for major depressive disorder is particularly exciting...

Using Digital Imagery, MyMoments Program Helps Enable Powerful Expression

A screen saver depicting hands of support becomes a much-needed reminder that family and friends are nearby. A photo of tangled phone cords helps to communicate how a manic cycle of bipolar disorder is experienced. An image of a disorderly living room serves as a visual warning sign of an upcoming cycle of depression. These are some of the powerful images created by participants in McLean’s...

Smartphone App Shows Promise in Its Ability to Provide Support for Those with Mental Illness

Working in partnership with Wellframe, a Boston-based company that enables health plans and providers to better manage risk and amplify existing support resources, McLean Hospital’s Waverley Place community support program successfully completed an important and promising study to gauge the effectiveness of a new smartphone app as a support model for people with severe mental illness. “We are...

Increasing Access to Care Through Innovation

Kathryn McHugh, PhD, is determined to increase access to quality mental health care for people in need. Through her research to improve the effectiveness of behavioral therapies and innovative treatment delivery models, such as computer-based treatments, she hopes to address the public health crisis of untreated mental illness across the United States. Kathryn McHugh, PhD“I have seen how...

Linking Lives, Improving Care: Online Tools Provide Added Efficiencies, Enhanced Quality

With the introduction of new technology, McLean is advancing communication, increasing efficiency and uniting clinical, research, and academic staff and faculty in their collective quest to improve the lives of patients and their families. In September 2009, the hospital greatly advanced its electronic medical record-keeping capability with the implementation of a computerized physician order...

Technology in Psychiatry Summit 2018

2018 Technology in Psychiatry Summit: Closing Gaps in Translation will bring together thought leaders in industry, technology, health care, patient advocacy, academic research, and more to build on the promise of technology in the diagnosis and delivery of mental health care. Attendees will examine the current state of mental health care and determine how the use of advanced technology can build...

Technology in Psychiatry Summit 2019

2019 Technology in Psychiatry Summit: The Future of Mental Health Across the Lifespan will bring together thought leaders in industry, technology, health care, patient advocacy, academic research, and more to build on the promise of technology in the diagnosis and delivery of mental health care. Attendees will examine the current state of mental health care and determine how the use of advanced...

Justin T. Baker, MD, PhD

Justin T. Baker, PhD, has a background in neuroscience and clinical psychiatry. He is currently the director of functional neuroimaging and bioinformatics for the Schizophrenia and Bipolar Disorder Research Program at McLean Hospital. His research uses both large-scale studies and “deep-phenotyping” approaches to understand the nature and underlying biology of mental illnesses, particularly...

Laura Germine, PhD

Laura Germine, PhD, is the technical director of the McLean Institute for Technology in Psychiatry, the director of the Laboratory for Brain and Cognitive Health Technology at McLean Hospital, and an assistant professor of psychiatry at Harvard Medical School. Dr. Germine received her BA in neurobiology from UC Berkeley, her PhD in experimental psychopathology from Harvard University, and...

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