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Despite potential benefits, big data faces resistance in healthcare

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Science Business article on big data in health quotes Dr Richard Dobson.

Fears big data could affect insurance coverage and be used to track the performance of clinicians are holding back adoption. But big data means better data, according to speakers at a Science|Business conference.

Big data has the potential to transform the operation of Europe’s healthcare systems, radically improving treatments, underpinning public health initiatives and making constrained budgets stretch further.

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Innovations in mental health – Tech Weekly podcast

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Dr Richard Dobson joined The Guardian Tech Weekly Podcast on how technology is being increasingly used to treat mental illness.

From Fitbits that monitor the sleep patterns of patients with schizophrenia and apps that help you manage your mood to online therapy sessions, tech is increasingly being seen as a viable alternative to traditional health and wellbeing techniques.

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Fitbit data could help schizophrenia sufferers avoid relapse

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Wired UK quotes Dr Amos FolarinDr Nicholas Meyer and Dr Richard Dobson.

An early warning system for schizophrenia relapse, using Fitbit data and a smartphone app, could lead to dramatic improvements in treatment.

A group of London-based doctors and software engineers is developing the experimental system at London’s Bioinformatics Core of the NIHR Maudsley Biomedical Research Centre (BRC). Working from the centre, where clinicians, software engineers and statisticians seek out patterns in vast medical datasets, the team is studying the sleep patterns of schizophrenia patients to develop a possible alert system. “It’s well documented by clinicians that sleep disturbance is one of most highly self-reported factors [prior to a relapse in psychosis],” Amos Folarin, the BRC statistician behind the trial’s SleepSight app, told WIRED.co.uk. “But it’s hard to cover objectively.” “Most people use a sleep diary, but that is probably not reliable in populations of people with mental illness,” specialist registrar in psychiatry Dr Nicholas Meyer adds.

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Sleep sensors to prevent relapse in schizophrenia

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Source: King’s College London.

A new research project led by the Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology & Neuroscience (IoPPN) at King’s College London, is pioneering the use of wrist-worn sleep sensors and smart phone applications to prevent relapse in schizophrenia.

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