Artificial intelligence creates individually tailored treatment for depression

Artificial intelligence creates individually tailored treatment for depression

A new innovation project “Personae” will provide easier access to personalised digital treatment for patients with depression through Monsenso’s digital health platform. The project leverages patient-reported outcomes and AI to screen patients and to deliver a treatment tailored to the individual patients’ needs.

According to the WHO, more than one billion people worldwide have mental disorders, but the number of individuals receiving help is alarmingly low. In Western Europe, for instance, only half of the citizens with anxiety or depression receive relevant treatment. At the same time, the healthcare system is challenged by a shortage of healthcare professionals.

Therefore, Innovation Fund Denmark is funding the development of a personalised treatment based on Monsenso’s digital health solution, which will leverage artificial intelligence to tailor the treatment to the individual patient’s needs.

Today, digital programs provide evidence-based treatment to citizens with depression, for example in the Danish clinic” Internetpsykiatrien”. Research shows that such programs have the same effect on citizens with mild to moderate depression as physical therapy sessions. The potential is huge, with thousands of citizens on waiting lists or receiving no relevant support at all. However, delivering a personalised intervention to everyone is challenging. Some patients benefit from a fully automated, digital treatment program, others need their treatment program supported by a psychologist, and yet other patients with complex life situations need physical meetings with their healthcare providers.

“The project enables us to use artificial intelligence, which, in collaboration with Monsenso’s digital health solution and the Internetpsykiatrien, can ensure that more people can quickly get access to the right treatment. This next generation of digital treatment will make it much easier to offer a fully or partially digital treatment that matches each individual’s needs,” says Kim Mathiasen, research director at the Center for Digital Psychiatry, who leads the Personae project.

”We see great potential in this project. It enables us to continue the development of our digital health solution and further validate it. It will improve the way we use people’s own health and behavioral data to keep them engaged, customise their treatment and support clinical decision-making at scale”, says Thomas Lethenborg, CEO at Monsenso.

”The unique, patient-reported data that will be generated from the screening and continuous use of Monsenso’s solution in Internetpsykiatrien is a fantastic foundation for development, training and validation of algorithms for automatisation of decision support and optimisation of treatment pathways”, says Dr. Pepijn Van de Ven, Senior Lecturer at Limerick University.

The primary ambition of the project is to develop intelligent adaptations of treatment content to match patients’ symptoms and life situations. The solution should be able to identify early signs of drop-out and support patients’ and healthcare providers’ decisions concerning treatment. The artificial intelligence solutions will be incorporated into both the public Internetpsykiatrien clinic, which the Center for Digital Psychiatry operates, and into the digital health solution of Monsenso.

The project is led by the Center for Digital Psychiatry, which, in Danish and international contexts, is a pioneer in internet-based therapy in terms of development, research, and operation. This project combines their research and extensive clinical experience with the competencies and commercial platform of Monsenso, as well as the unique competencies in artificial intelligence for mental health at the University of Limerick. 

Project title: Personae – Personalised Digital Treatment of Depression
Total budget: DKK 22.1 mio.
Innovation Fund Denmark investment: DKK 16.5 mio.
Net contribution to Monsenso: DKK 3.9 mio.
Duration: 4 years

About the partners
Center for Digital Psychiatry at Region Southern Denmark works to ensure that all Danes have easy and equal access to mental health. In a Danish and international context, the Center for Digital Psychiatry are frontrunners in the use of digital solutions for mental health promotion and psychiatric treatment and they are experts in matching the current needs of psychiatry with the right digital technology.

The University of Limerick, Department of Electronic & Computer Engineering, has high expertise in research and teaching in information and communication technology. The Department of Electronic & Computer Engineering is a leader in research on artificial intelligence for Internet-based therapy.

Odense University Hospital, the Danish Depression Association and the strategic innovation agency Is It a Bird are also involved in the project.

Further information:
Thomas Lethenborg
Tel. +45 21 29 88 27

Certified Adviser:
Norden CEF A/S
John Norden
Tel. +45 20 72 02 00


PhaseV: Input from users and clinicians is essential in the development of new digital health solutions

PhaseV: Input from users and clinicians is essential in the development of new digital health solutions

User involvement is an important phase in the development of new solutions in healthcare. A digital health solution should fit into the patient’s life, should provide value for the patient, and should be easy to use. This is why the input from both end-users and clinicians is a crucial part of the design phase in the PhaseV decentralised trials innovation project, where Monsenso and partners will develop a range of new digital health solutions for future clinical trials.

“It is important that we get the users’ perspective already while we design the solution. We need to know what their everyday life is like as patients, and when and how it creates value for the individuals to use our solution. Therefore, the phase of user involvement is important, and it is equally important that we get help from research to qualify and nuance users’ input”, says Thomas Lethenborg, CEO of Monsenso.

PhaseV is an interdisciplinary project based on citizen-generated data. The project will develop three apps for patients suffering from cost-intensive chronic diseases. The three apps are developed on top of an existing solution from Monsenso and address:

  •   obesity
  •   diabetic foot ulcers, and
  •   chronic urticaria.

The three apps will collect data in real time and show the effect of a given treatment – also between consultations.

Researchers are an important intermediary between users and the company
Monsenso is assisted by researchers from Aarhus University and the Research Unit for General Practice (FEAP) in collecting and analyzing user feedback. For the digital health solution for diabetic foot ulcers, a group of interviewers visited both the Wound Healing Center at Bispebjerg Hospital and Steno Diabetes Center Aarhus. Here, they have been in dialogue with almost 30 patients and a number of clinicians and home care employees.

The research team has also visited the section for chronic urticaria at Bispebjerg Hospital, where they have been in dialogue with several patients and clinicians, explains Christa Thomsen, Professor at the Department of Business Administration, Aarhus University.

“We need a lot of data from both patients and caregivers to get an idea of ​​what solution is needed and how it should work. Patients’ and employees’ experiences should form the basis for the information we pass on to the company so they can develop the most valuable solution“, explains Christa Thomsen.

Later this spring, the team will delve into user involvement for Monsenso’s third app aimed at citizens with obesity.

Interviews, observations, and workshops
Researchers have, among other things, developed question guides, which are used as a guideline for interviews with patients and staff. In addition, the interview team has witnessed a number of consultations, which have given them insight into patients’ daily lives with their condition (in this case, with diabetic foot ulcers) and clinicians’ daily routines.

“The solution to be developed must help ensure the best personal treatment for each patient. Therefore, it is important for us to know what information the caregivers need and how this data should be collected to provide value for both caregivers and citizens“, explains Ida Hestbjerg, research assistant at the Research Unit for General Practice.

Researchers’ data provides valuable knowledge
Emil Meyland Kortsen is responsible for developing the three apps for patients with diabetic foot ulcers, obesity, and chronic urticaria, respectively, and he describes user input as indispensable.

“We have received extremely valuable knowledge from the research team about users’ and clinicians’ needs and desires for the new solution. As a developer, I can present the possibilities that exist in the technology, but I need qualified sparring from users, healthcare professionals, and research to be able to refine the drafts. The task now is to become even more specific about the different functions and to continue to optimize the solution,” says Emil Meyland Kortsen, Product Owner at Monsenso.

This article is a translation of an original Danish version written by Lotte Overbjerg, 01st March 2023.
About Monsenso
Monsenso is an innovative technology company offering a digital health solution used for decentralised trials, remote patient monitoring and treatment support. Our mission is to contribute to improved health for more people at lower costs by supporting treatment digitally and leveraging patient-reported outcomes data. Our solution helps optimise the treatment and gives a detailed overview of an individual’s health through the collection of outcome, adherence, and behavioural data. It connects individuals, carers, and health care providers to enable personalised treatment, remote care, and early intervention. We collaborate with health and social care, pharmaceuticals, and leading researcher worldwide in our endeavours to deliver solutions that fit into the life of patients and health care professionals. To learn more visit