Organisation: Aimentia HealthTech.
Sponsoring organisation: Ramon Molinas Foundation.
Dates: 01/09/2021 – 30/08/2022.
Aimentia Health, a virtual clinic that uses artificial intelligence in the field of mental health
Aimentia Health is a virtual clinic that utilises artificial intelligence with the aim of providing interactive tools to healthcare professionals in the mental health sector and their patients. Developed by Aimentia HealthTech, the tool aims to improve the accuracy of diagnoses and treatments related to mental health, increase effectiveness, and reduce waiting time for therapy.
The virtual clinic aims to achieve significant impact in the field of mental health care. Aimentia Health is a disruptive solution that empowers patients, online and anonymously, by providing step-by-step, personalised information. It also shares data with healthcare professionals to assist in the diagnosis and choosing the right treatment. In parallel, the virtual clinic also improves research within the mental health ecosystem.
The collaboration between Aimentia HealthTech and the Ramon Molinas Foundation will allow for the evaluation and improvement of a cross-disciplinary screening tool as part of the virtual clinic
Aimentia Health provides a screening tool in the form of a chatbot that acts as a gateway to access the virtual clinic. Using the answers gleaned from a set of questions in the form of a conversation, the tool suggests diagnoses and passes on this information to healthcare professionals. With the support of artificial intelligence, this feature collects and synthesises information that is later used by healthcare professionals to make decisions on diagnosis and treatment.
The tool, which was created with the cooperation of experts in various hospitals, is a collaboration between Aimentia HealthTech and the Ramon Molinas Foundation. The initiative will evaluate the utility of the data collected for healthcare professionals, and financial support will help to build an efficient tool that will deepen understanding of the patient experience. It will also improve the functionality of the screening tool to collect additional relevant data, comparing the results with existing standards and optimising the technology used. These improvements will help to identify not just the current patient disorders but also trends that could suggest the development of a disorder in the future.
The virtual laboratory that will capture the data, and prepare the testing infrastructure to carry out research, development, and innovation, will be named the Ramon Molinas Foundation LAB.
Mental health has deteriorated as a result of Covid-19
Although the World Health Organisation (WHO) state there is no precise and official definition of the term, ‘mental health’ refers to a person’s physical, psychological, and social wellbeing, its exact meaning dependant on cultural differences, subjective assumptions, and professional opinions.
The lack of specificity regarding the definition of the term is mitigated by the data published by WHO themselves and by other studies and medical journals. One in four people will develop a mental health problem throughout their lifetime, 74% of people with mental health disorders are never diagnosed, between 35% and 50% of diagnoses don’t receive adequate treatment, and 43% of patients drop out from therapy, half of them because they are dissatisfied with the therapist or with the treatment. The WHO has predicted that by 2030 depression will be the leading cause of disease burden globally.
Moreover, the data published above is worldwide, and prior to the emergence of Covid-19. The effects of the pandemic and the consequences of measures decreed by governments in an attempt to alleviate the spread of the disease has caused a worsening of mental health problems in both people who have contracted the disease and in those that haven’t caught it. This is supported by evidence found in the Survey on the mental health of Spaniards during the pandemic, completed by the Sociology Research Centre (CIS), and by the increase in the increase in use by young people of psychological support services managed by the Barcelona City Council.
Aimentia HealthTech, a start-up for the digital future of mental health
Founded in 2019, Aimentia HealthTech is a start-up that develops eHealth solutions in the field of mental health. Using artificial intelligence as its jumping off point, the company focuses its attention on developing a comprehensive solution to provide the best tools to resolve diagnostic problems and treatment of disorders associated with mental health. Aimentia HealthTech, whose mission is to position itself on the forefront of mental health, was awarded the ‘Ramon Molinas prize for best project with social impact’ in the #SpinUOC 2020 edition.
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