Using Microsoft technology to strengthen mental health


Ksana’s Vira platform collects behavioral data from mobile phones for patient information

According to a summary of the 2021 investment in the Rock Health Health Fund, digital health startups that provide mental health services raised $ 5.1 billion. This is $ 3.3 billion more than any other clinical indication in 2021, and in 2020 the total funding of $ 2.7 billion has almost doubled.

For many of us, the need for such investments is emphasized by our experiences. I recently lost a friend and colleague due to mental illness. I often wonder if his family and friends avoided his untimely death. The answer may lie in new ways of using technology to fill gaps between office-based treatments that provide new ways for the doctor to control the patient, communicate easily and easily, and identify early signs of a potential problem.

More and more innovators are building these types of technology-based mental health solutions that have the potential to help the patient and their family and community, while striving to reduce these tragedies.

In my role at Microsoft, I am able to see first-hand how mental health improvement technology is used. Ksana, Ellipsis Health and Bipolar Buddy are all taking different approaches, but depression, anxiety and bipolar disorder continue to focus on reducing the impact on patients and their families.

Digital mental health technology startup Ksana Health was founded in Oregon (USA) in 2019 by Dr. Nick Allen, an experienced clinical and leading researcher on the passive sensation of digital phenotyping via smartphone. He acknowledged that the commercialization of this technology for use in research and healthcare would create an opportunity to accelerate the transformation of mental health care and have a real impact on improving the outcomes of millions of people facing mental health challenges. Allen, along with experienced businessman and co-founder Will Shortt, created Ksana Health to fulfill that vision.

Ksana Health’s solutions are designed to move you out of the therapy office and into your daily life with personalized approaches and interventions that improve mental health and enable a better quality of life. Ksana’s Vira platform is constantly evolving and passively quantifying behavioral patterns received from patients ’mobile and cell phones rather than relying on regular observations from physicians and staff. Professionals can use these approaches to build personalized therapy plans to make treatment more effective, allowing clients to be encouraged to change their behavior at the right time.

Behind the scenes, Ksana Health has introduced Microsoft’s Azure healthcare application programming interface to Vira for Health Interoperability Resources to facilitate the exchange of electronic health records.

Ellipsis Health was created because it believed that our mental health should be the same priority as physical health. Its founders, Mainul Mondal, Michael Aratow and Susan Solinsky, saw the possibility of connecting the dots between the two, setting a vital signal for mental health.

Ellipsis Health uses artificial intelligence (AI) -based voice-based technologies to study speech and control the severity of depression and anxiety. The U.S. National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) estimates that the symptoms of these disorders affect one in five Americans, and the associated costs are estimated to exceed $ 1 trillion a year, according to a study published in The Lancet Psychiatry. Therefore, Ellipsis Health’s integrated solution helps healthcare providers, providers, and digital industry actors to reliably identify and stratify patient populations.

The solution uses cloud-based in-depth learning models to assess patient speech and generate a real-time clinical score for the severity of anxiety and depression. The technology is based on the semantics and acoustics of natural language, while complying with the Health Insurance Portability and Liability Act and the General Data Protection Regulation.

Founded in 2021, Bipolar Buddy was created to help patients with bipolar disorder achieve and sustain remission. Bipolar disorder affects approximately three percent of the American population, according to the NIMH. The Bipolar Buddy team focuses on the use of AI and machine learning to support mood tracking and pattern detection, with the ultimate goal of finding the underlying causes of mood swings and providing effective predictions and predictions based on historical data.

With the Bipolar Buddy app, users can manage their mood symptoms and track their progress. The mission of the Bipolar Buddy team is very personal; The organization was founded by Anish Surik, who was diagnosed with bipolar disorder at the age of 19. After many visits to psychiatrists, experiencing extreme low points and wanting to continue his life autonomous and under control, he began to develop technology. Suri’s mission now is to scale the solution so that others can better understand their cycles and how to manage them.

Such mental health innovations can provide greater continuity of care, improve the detection of specific challenges, and provide more effective and early interventions that help patients in non-stigmatizing ways.

Sally Frank is the world leader in health and life sciences at Microsoft for Startups

This article was published in the Spring 2022 Technology Record magazine. To send future issues directly to your inbox, sign up for a free subscription.

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