World Economic Forum Report

World Economic Forum Report

The latest World Economic Forum report on the ethical use of technology in Mental Healthcare features case studies from Ieso Digital Health – provider of online cognitive behavioural therapy.

As an organisation, we are committed to developing ethical and patient-centric digital services that bridge the accessibility gap to mental health services for everyone. We are delighted to be part of the report published by the Global Futures Council on Neurotechnologies: “Empowering 8 Billion Minds Enabling Better Mental Health for All via the Ethical Adoption of Technologies”

The report makes the case for innovative solutions to crucial mental provision, explaining that, “Mental health disorders are among the leading causes of morbidity and mortality worldwide and could cost the global economy some $16 trillion by 2030. Today, an estimated 300 million people worldwide suffer from depression alone, while suicide is the second leading cause of death among young people. Most mental illnesses are treatable. Everyone has a right to good mental health, and yet, worldwide, some estimates suggest that around two-thirds of people experiencing a mental health challenge go unsupported. Even in wealthy nations such as the US and the UK, over 50% of people may receive no care. Such large diagnostic and care gaps call urgently for novel solutions.”

The authors and contributors of the report go on to explore how technology offers opportunities to scale mental healthcare access, if challenges on data privacy and individuals’ rights are addressed. They cite eight actions that could enable tech to ethically address mental-ill health at scale and urge governments, policy-makers, business leaders and practitioners to address ethical considerations and a lack of evidence-based research.

Acknowledging that “AI & mobile digital technologies are a double-edged sword” (Murali Doraiswamy, Prof of Psychiatry & Behavioral Sciences @DukeU), the report shares how technology offers opportunities to enhance access to mental healthcare if used in a fair, empathetic and evidence-based way.

Read the full report: Empowering 8 Billion Minds Enabling Better Mental Health for All via the Ethical Adoption of Technologies https://www.weforum.org/whitepapers/empowering-8-billion-minds-enabling-better-mental-health-for-all-via-the-ethical-adoption-of-technologies

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