Precision Health at U-M is is funding a new use case focused on the effects of wearable and mobile technology on mental health outcomes. The project, “Enhancing Mental Health Care through Mobile Technology,” is led investigators Amy Bohnert and Srijan Sen from Michigan Medicine’s Department of Psychiatry. Researchers will use machine learning to identify key predictors of treatment response from mobile technology, genomic, and environmental data collected from patients.
Mobile technology has the potential to address the dual problems of limited clinical capacity and inadequate and untimely data, to both track and intervene in depressive symptoms in powerful ways not previously possible. “This pathbreaking use of mobile technologies in combination with genomics to address mental health concerns will help to meet the growing need for treatment,” said Provost Martin A. Philbert. “Cross-campus collaborations like this are critical to the development of new approaches in health care.”