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Clinician Resistance to Technology in Behavioral Health Therapy

Behavioral health clinicians may be hesitant to introduce technological options into therapy for many reasons. They may connect the use of some new technology, like mobile apps, solely with entertainment purposes such as games (e.g., Angry Birds). They may fear that the addition of a technology may interfere with the building of rapport with their patients. However, the barrier may also lie in a discomfort with how the adoption of a new technology may disrupt the traditional model of therapeutic interaction.

Big Data, Fruit Baskets, Androids and mHealth

When our mHealth program director began talking about “Big Data”, I have to admit the first thing that came to mind was an enormous, gold-skinned android (you other Star Trek geeks understand this). As it turns out, he was actually talking about the challenges presented in capturing, storing, managing and analyzing large data sets. Really, really, really large data sets. Big Data refers to data sets that reach into the hundreds of terabytes or petabyte range and are often made up of a wide variety of data types.

Baby Boomers Trust Doctors to Recommend Mobile Apps

A recent poll by Mitchell Research reports that over 75% of baby boomers have downloaded at least one mHealth app for their smartphones, and almost half have downloaded six or more.

Five Tips for Using Mobile Apps in Therapy

With the explosion of mobile apps on the market, clinicians now have at their fingertips some incredible tools for improving care for their patients. Now, I’m not talking about using Angry Birds in therapy. I’m talking about legitimate, well-made apps that integrate evidence-based practices. But before you rush out and download any old app, here are five tips to help clinicians who want to use apps in therapy:

1. Always put evidence-based practices first.

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