Behavioral Health Network Explores New Possibilities in Digital Psychiatry

Just as technology augments a surgeon’s ability to precisely place a new hip joint and expands the field of view for a radiologist scanning films for signs of cancer, software and other advances touch the field of behavioral health in impressive and patient-centric ways.


Dr. Manu Sharma, a staff psychiatrist at Backus Hospital and part of the Hartford HealthCare Behavioral Health Network’s Digital Psychiatry Interest Group (DPIG), said finding ways to incorporate the latest technological advances into daily clinical practice is key to offering patients the best possible care.


Keenly interested in how technology, specifically artificial intelligence (AI) and digital phenotyping, can help people with mental illness, Dr. Sharma and the DPIG signed on to mentor two startup companies through the accelerator program Digital Health CT — see hashtag logo in photo above — a collaboration between Startup Bootcamp, Hartford HealthCare, the University of Connecticut and Trinity College.


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