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Correctional Medical Care's Mental Health Tech Week II

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Every week on CorrectionalMedicalCare.net, CMC has been reviewing new mental health technologies. First was online psychological aids such as websites and mobile apps. This week, we will cover Wearable technology.

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Correctional Medical Care's Mental Health Tech Week II

  1. 1. Mental Health Technology Correctional Medical Care Week Two: Wearables
  2. 2. A note from Correctional Medical Care: For the past few weeks on CorrectionalMedicalCare.net, we’ve decided to use this platform to outline and highlight recent and ever­ evolving methods of mental health care. The topic of technological advancements can polarize an audience; some believe that with each step forward technology takes comes a coinciding step forward for mankind. Others believe that we’ve become too reliant on technology, citing our seeming dependence on smartphones, television and tablet computers.  To view our blog posts, visit CorrectionalMedicalCare.net
  3. 3. Wearables Become Reality To many, wearable tech may seem like a technology of the future, something you might see in an old episode of “The Jetsons” or “Star Trek,” but like smart watches, fitness bands and activity trackers, wearables are very much a thing of today.
  4. 4. But many if not most of the wearable technology on the market today seems to be geared towards one of two objectives: tracking solely physical activity or a sleek, stylized new means of responding to text messages via your wristwatch. For many people across the country, these two facets of the evolving wearable­technology realm simply do not satisfy the needs of the consumer. Wearables Continue to Advance
  5. 5. MIT Work with Wearables In recent years, researchers at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology have begun exploring the possibility of studying data obtained from activity­tracking bands and its relation to mental health diagnoses. Ordinary fitness bands can inform the wearer of their heart rate, calories burned, and time active. However by expanding the tracking capabilities to include skin temperature and skin conductance, researchers were able to open a new world of mental health understanding. Studying children with autism researchers have been offered new insights into the internal vs. external factors that are exhibited in children when they experience what is considered a manic or high­energy episode.  
  6. 6. MIT Continued When the MIT team expanded the data to include those with depression, it allowed them to potentially identify triggers of depressive episodes. This wristband data, according to the scientists, could eliminate or reduce the need for the current best­practice methods for identifying triggers such as questionnaires.
  7. 7. W/ME The W/Me band continuously monitors your autonomous nervous system and takes EKG readings, telling the band when you’re feeling stressed out or in an emotionally riled up state. From there, the band can help you recognize your signs and triggers and help to avoid them in the future. 
  8. 8. Spire The Spire is a clip­on tracker worn on your belt or bra that does a little bit of everything, from the steps tracking, breathing patterns and breathing rate that you’d come to expect from a fitness band, to stress notifications, breathing exercises and calm, focus and tension tracking capabilities. 

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