Connected psychiatry – Xavier Briffault

Role of new technologies in a greater individualization of follow-up and management in psychiatry and mental health

“It is recommended that doctors observe man in his environment to help him, to bring him the help of medicine, to restore his health,” states the National Council of the Order of Physicians (quoting Hippocrates) in its recent white paper “Doctors and Patients in the World of Data, Algorithms and Artificial Intelligence”. If, perhaps, the “father of medicine” found the opportunity to observe his patients and interact with them in context during his island wanderings, it must be recognized that today’s physicians have few opportunities for clinical observations and therapeutic interventions outside the consultation itself. As the CNOM aptly notes, it is perhaps digital technologies that will enable the full realization of this 2500 year old recommendation because “today, and even more so tomorrow, people live and will live in a digital society that can powerfully meet these needs at least in part”. If we do not indeed know how to do much with the new theories of psychopathological functioning which convince us that the models we use to understand and treat mental health problems are too crude and decontextualized to be really useful, it is because we do not have (until now) any observation and intervention tool that is fine enough to characterize the singular situations of reality that these theories describe to us and to be able to act with relevance on the elements that determine their dynamics. The constant miniaturization of electronic components, associated with the exponential increase of their computing and wireless communication capacities, could today allow us to develop such observation and intervention tools, and to rethink at new costs the categories of understanding inherited from the former possibilities of observation and intervention limited to the extremely restricted framework of short and rare out-of-context encounters between practitioners and patients.

More on Xavier Briffault here

When: December 8, 2020, 2:00-3:30 p.m.
Link to zoom meeting (in french) here


Dec 08 2020


14 h 00 min - 15 h 30 min



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