Close this search box.

New application makes smart screening in healthcare possible

The UMCG developed an application in collaboration with TU Twente, which makes ‘smart’ screening in mental healthcare possible. This new screening method consists of a digital questionnaire, which decides on its own in what orders intake questions should be asked. This makes it possible to make a reliable diagnosed based on fewer questions, which speeds up the process of intakes.

A statistic module is the core of the new screening application. Psychologist Jan van Bebber of UMCG is the lead author of the research, which was done in collaboration with TU Twente. The digital questionnaire should minimise time spend on forms and unnecessary questions and diagnose patients quicker. The application will be used before clients have their interview with a doctor. The questionnaire will be able to determine the presence and severity of the complaints.

Smart screening

The digital questionnaire is ‘smart’, which means that it can decide for itself which question sequence is most effective. As soon as enough information has been collected to reliably diagnose a patient, the screening stops. This way, the patients won’t have to answer unnecessary questions.

The questionnaire also means that healthcare providers are able to more efficiently decide whether or not someone has psychological problems. It offers insight in complaints faster, which might prevent aggravation.

Five domains

The current, first version of the application focusses on five domains: fear, depression, psychological symptoms of stress and positive and negative symptoms of psychosis. Factors like emotional support, friendship and satisfaction with social roles and activities are measures as well. These last factors make up a large part of the amount of care someone with psychological complaints needs.

New pilot in 2017

The application has been tested in 5705 help-seeking, non-psychotic young individuals. As of February 2017, GPs and mental health practitioners will test the application. This pilot should prove that the application is useable in real life and whether it delivers the information needed to diagnose patients. The next extension of the application are models for traumatic experiences and addiction.


ICT&health World Conference 2024

Experience the future of healthcare at the ICT&health World Conference from May 14th to 16th, 2024!
Secure your ticket now and immerse yourself in groundbreaking technologies and innovative solutions.
Engage with fellow experts and explore the power of global collaborations.

Share this article!

Read also
How to introduce innovation and AI in healthcare organizations if there is no business model for prevention and quality – Our interview with Professor Ran Balicer, the Chief Innovation Officer at Clalit Health Services and founding Director of Clalit Research Institute.
I see no legitimate rationale for delaying the digital transformation in healthcare
Pioneering Cardiac Arrest Detection for Enhanced Survival.
CardioWatch Revolutionizes Cardiac Arrest Detection
Dr. Oscar Díaz-Cambronero, Head of Perioperative Medicine Department at La Fe Hospital, spearheads innovative telemonitoring initiatives revolutionizing patient care
Smartwatches Saving Lives Inside and Outside the Hospital
EIT 2024
EIT Awards 2024. Two European startups are revolutionizing the treatment of cardiovascular diseases
Bertrand Piccard, Swiss explorer and founder of the Solar Impulse Foundation
EIT Summit 2024. What are the trigger points that drive or inhibit innovation?
MMC pioneers wireless monitoring for premature infants with the innovative Bambi Belt, revolutionizing care with improved comfort and mobility.
Wireless Monitoring of Vital Signs in Premature Infants at Máxima MC
Innovation Adoption: How to Traverse The Valleys of Death
Data protection-critical incidents resulting from human error are often rooted in stress, routine, negative attitudes toward IT, and deficits in employees' identification with the healthcare facility.
How cyberpsychology helps prevent human errors leading to data leaks
What technologies will enter our homes in a few months? ICT&health checked it out at the CES 2024.
CES 2024: Meet the exciting innovations for health and well-being
An article on a new study on e-health assessment tools
eHealth success lies at the intersection of technology, people, and organization
Follow us