Digital technologies have incredible power to support both clinicians and patients in mental health care, which is why CAMH continues to employ these tools to enhance and grow its programs and services. With Digital Health Week upon us, we thought it would be a good opportunity to feature some of the digital innovations CAMH has introduced in recent years, including a variety of apps for mental health.
From first steps like the integrating the internal I-CARE clinical information system in 2014, to more recent innovations like the digital dashboards for at-a-glance patient summaries, CAMH continues to be a national and international leader in digital health. In fact, three years ago, CAMH was recognized as such by the world’s leading authority on electronic medical records management.
When the COVID-19 pandemic began, virtual care appointments at CAMH grew from approximately 350 per month to almost 3,000 per month, an increase of over 750 per cent. It all adds up to rapid and profound change in the way mental health care is delivered at CAMH.
“Pretty soon we aren’t even going to be talking about digital health any more in the same way we don’t talk about digital banking,” says Dr. Gillian Strudwick, Independent Scientist and the head of CAMH’s digital mental health lab. “Virtual care and the use of apps and artificial intelligence decision-making will become as commonplace as they are in the rest of society.”