Mobile health also known as m-health, a term used for the practice of medicine and public health supported by mobile devices is gaining ground rapidly.
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BBC reports that healthcare in the digital age, where smartphone owners have access to their very own doctors and therapists at the touch of a button is challenging the status quo.
It said JOY, the Life Coach Bot on Facebook Messenger uses artificial intelligence and machine learning to track emotions and provide mental health support, adding that the life coach encourage people to open up about their mental health and feelings, and in return hands out relevant research-backed tips, techniques and exercises.
“Joy is not a clinical or diagnosis tool, You can think of Joy more as a friend or a coach,” founder Danny Freed said about it.
Woebot, which helps users track their moods and potentially spot and fend off the early stages of depression, according to the report, employs cognitive behavioural techniques to suggest ways to alleviate your bad moods or negative thinking.
The report said Dr Ali Parsa, founder of digital healthcare app Babylon, sees the m-health trend as an undoubted force for good, and quoted him as saying, “It’s time to do with healthcare what Google did with information – using the power of technology to democratise access for all, and put a personal doctor in everyone’s pocket regardless of geography or income.”
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