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The promise of smartphone applications and connected technologies for mental health to advance diagnosis, augment treatment, and expand access has received much attention. Mental health disorders represent the leading cause of the loss of years of life because of disability and premature mortality and also contribute to employee absenteeism and lost productivity in economically established countries such as the United States. The potential of smartphone applications to offer new, at-your-fingertips tools and resources for mental health care is frequently cited.
Torous J, Roberts LW. Needed Innovation in Digital Health and Smartphone Applications for Mental HealthTransparency and Trust. JAMA Psychiatry. Published online April 05, 2017. doi:10.1001/jamapsychiatry.2017.0262