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Smartphone Apps: Which Are the Good Ones?

Smartphone Apps: Which Are the Good Ones?


There are over 10,000 mental health related smartphone apps out there (and over 250,000 health apps). How can a psychiatrist determine which are useful and which may be harmful?

John Torous, MD, Chair of the American Psychiatric Association’s Workgroup on SmartPhone Apps, offers tips in this brief video.

. What are the most important things to look for to make sure it is safe and secure?

. What is the evidence-based of the apps’ efficacy?

. How can you determine how user-friendly the app is? Will the patient stick with it?

. Data sharing: will data captured by the app get back to you or the healthcare team?

You can find more information on this topic at the APA’s website: Mental Health Apps - American Psychiatric Association.

Dr. Torous is a psychiatrist, clinical informatics fellow, and co-director of the digital psychiatry program at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, a Harvard Medical School teaching hospital in Boston. He is the Digital Psychiatry Editor for Psychiatric Times. Twitter: @JohnTorousMD

Further reading:

10 Digital Psychiatry Changes to Expect in 2017
Why Rate Mental Health Apps?

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