The Dubai Health Authority (DHA) has highlighted features of an under-development app known as ‘Mindspire’ at the UAE innovates event at Expo.
Students from the American University of Sharjah designed the app, which won the first prize at DHA’s Health Hackathon in 2019. Since then, they have been working with the team at DHA to enhance the features of the app to help diagnose and treat patients with depression.
The app aims to help individuals suffering from depression or those who would like a preliminary screening of their state, and aids in alleviating their symptoms. The app focuses on anonymity and has minimal user intervention.
Dr Ayesha Al Basti, a family medicine consultant and vice-chairman of the Mental Health Committee at the DHA’s primary health care sector, said that the application has undergone several important updates since the concept was developed. Using voice notes to put in the daily inputs and voice tonality recognition are some of the latest updates.
She highlighted that DHA is keen to use smart technologies to further improve patient care as well as empower patients to take better care of themselves through the use of daily smart monitoring and technology.