Theresa Nguyen on a Digital Response to a Growing Need (TIPS 2017)

Large-scale adoption of effective digital health technologies will depend on coming up with appropriate social and technical infrastructure. At the core of this infrastructure is the need to balance privacy and security with transparency, openness, sharing, and the rights of individuals to own and make decisions about their own health and health data. In this session, leaders in privacy, access, and ethics discuss the biggest challenges and potential ways forward in building a future where effective technologies work for society and individuals.

This talk was part of the 2017 Technology in Psychiatry Summit, sponsored by the McLean Institute for Technology in Psychiatry on November 6-7, 2017, at the JB Martin Conference Center, Harvard Medical School. Part of panel Ethics & Privacy in the Era of Big Data.

Theresa Nguyen is vice president of policy and program at Mental Health America. She manages MHA Screening which started in 2014, provides 8 anonymous online mental health screens, and to date, has provided more than 2.5 million screens. MHA is identifying how internet-based screening can improve early identification and intervention. As a clinician and advocate, she is exploring how recovery-oriented and consumer-driven supports can be translated into an online space to help improve access to care and reduce the burden of mental illness.

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