Digital tech for mental care grows as way to help patients navigate health deserts

medcity-1(Source: ) Mental health services are lacking throughout the country, but there are certain pockets glaringly lacking in such resources. These “health deserts” existed well before the rise of Covid-19, but one of the bright spots of the pandemic was the spotlight shined on technologies that bring mental health services to more people in more places.

Telehealth was already an accepted practice, but for some children, it’s difficult for a child at home to find a place to have an open discussion, said Jeff Weness, head of digital opportunities and business intelligence at Otsuka Pharmaceutical Companies. He noted that new apps are gaining adoption as a way to enable children to engage in therapy from the quiet of their own rooms without the need for them to even speak out loud.

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