Elderly, Public Health
Web Site: http://mindfultech.hk
Elderly people in Hong Kong are facing social isolation and increasing loneliness, which is an important Risk Factor (RF) for a great many non-communicable diseases (NCD), such as cancer, dementia, stroke, cardiovascular disease, diabetes. The lack or delay of mental health treatment can have many negative effects on individuals suffering from mental illnesses.
With the integration of AI, our SMART app (Sustainable, Memorable, Affordable, Real-time Therapist) can provide personalized recommendations based on a patient’s preferences and habits. Patients can access user-friendly, evidence-based tools and different treatment methods. Also, when the assessment result approaches predefined cut-off degrees, they will receive timely automatic referrals to registered psychologists. Furthermore, our AI-backed chatbot enables speedy diagnosis of a patient’s condition and assesses risk levels, thereby supporting health professionals or users to administer effective and efficient treatment protocols.
The goal of SMART is to provide more mental health resources for those in need. The intention is not to replace human therapists, but to divert more of the mental health professional’s time to the treatment of mental illness. The shortage of mental health professionals in Hong Kong has made it difficult for those suffering from a mental illness to receive the treatment they need. Approximately 80% of the HK elderly population live in situations without enough money, time, or capability to obtain professional mental health treatment. SMART is an example of how Big Data and AI technology application in the mental health industry can have a significant impact on community healthcare accessibility.
CHENG Lan (CUHK)
CHAN Wai Kin (CUHK)
JIANG Huaxing (HKUST)
Prof. Harry QIN (PolyU)