Nursing Leadership

Nursing Leadership 30(3) September 2017 : 63-72.doi:10.12927/cjnl.2018.25384
Innovative Technologies

Digital Mental Health – Innovations in Consumer Driven Care

Mary Lou Ackerman, Tazim Virani and Barry Billings


Barriers such as stigma and access issues prevent 60% of Canadians with mental health issues from seeking help. Saint Elizabeth Health Care’s IntelligentCare™ Platform supports a range of digital health solutions for holistic health including three specific innovations: a secure social networking tool, an artificial intelligence-driven assistant that uses conversational cognitive behaviour therapy techniques, and a mobile mindfulness meditation application that generates personalized meditation suggestions. People use these self-help tools to cope with their mental health challenges. Healthcare providers are encouraged to explore the benefits and drawbacks of digital solutions for mental health, and consider the new skills, ethical implications and research opportunities that are needed when supporting patients who use these digital tools.  



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