Region South Denmark Clinics widely implement Monsenso mHealth solution

Region South Denmark Clinics widely implement Monsenso mHealth solution

Region South Denmark Clinics will use the Monsenso mHealth solution to support treatment of individuals diagnosed with depression, anxiety, bipolar, schizophrenia, or borderline personality disorder.

Copenhagen, Denmark – 4, September, 2017

The Mental Health Services in the Region of Southern Denmark are currently rolling out the Monsenso mHealth solution to support the treatment of individuals with affective disorders.

Monsenso is an innovation leader in mobile health solutions for mental health. Their mHealth solution is presently used by 25 clinicians across Mental Health Services in the Region of Southern Denmark to support the treatment of individuals diagnosed with depression, anxiety, bipolar, schizophrenia or borderline personality disorder.

Thomas Lethenborg, CEO at Monsenso, said that the decision for the roll-out came as a natural progression of the collaboration between Monsenso and the Region of Southern Denmark Mental Health Services on the ENTER project and the Public-Private Innovation (PPI) Partnership.

“Monsenso and the Region South Denmark have been working on different research projects for quite some time now; it’s only natural they decide to roll out our mHealth solution widely. By implementing Monsenso Clinic, clinicians will have access to patients’ historical aggregated data which will assist them in making better decisions in regards to a person’s treatment,” Mr. Lethenborg added.

The Monsenso solution has been previously utilised during research trials at The Centre for Telepsychiatry in the Region of Southern Denmark.

Claus Faerch Head of Department at The Centre for Telepsychiatry in the Region of Southern Denmark said: “We are continuously looking to improve patient engagement, and this technology will help us to track and discover more changes in mood. Our aim is to use the technology to help support the treatment we currently provide to our patients, with views to expanding the programme to more clinicians shortly.”

The  mHealth solution is based on a double-loop treatment model. The first loop consists of a smartphone app operates as a self-management tool to provide the patient insight into how their actions may influence their disorder. Individuals can use the app to fill out routine self-assessments regarding their behaviour, such as logging the amount of hours they have slept.  Additionally, the app also collects sensor data and sends helpful notifications for when patients are reporting behaviour that may trigger symptoms of their disorder.

The second loop of the treatment model involves the clinician. Clinicians can access a web portal that is synchronised to the patient’s app. This synchronisation enables clinicians to efficiently access the data collected by the patients’ smartphones anytime and anywhere.

This comprehensive double loop feedback system aims to increase patient engagement, awareness, and informed decision making during treatment.

Click on this link to read this press release in Danish.

For additional information, please contact:
Helen Chen
Marketing
Monsenso
+45 30 25 15 26
marketing@monsenso.com

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MONARCA II Research Project: Monitoring and Predicting Illness Activity in Bipolar Disorder

MONARCA II Research Project: Monitoring and Predicting Illness Activity in Bipolar Disorder

The MONARCA II Research Project aims to establish clinical evidence on the use of the Monsenso system. The MONARCA II trial uses a randomised controlled single-blind parallel-group design.

Mental illness

Approximately 25% of all people in Europe and the US experience a mental illness at least once in their lifetime. Currently, the monitoring of mental illness relies on subjective clinical self-reporting rating scales, which were developed more than 50 years ago. The EU-funded MONARCA project established a platform for the daily electronic monitoring of subjective and objective measures of illness activity in bipolar disorder using smartphones. The system supports the treatment of bipolar disorder by collecting (i) self-rated (‘subjective’) data on parameters like mood, stress, and cognitive problems, and (ii) automatically sensor-based (‘objective’) data the patients behaviour in terms of mobility (GPS), physical activity (accelerometer), social activity (telephony and texting), and general phone usage. This data is captured and forwarded to a server, where it can be accessed, visualised, and monitored by the clinical staff and applied for clinical decision support. The MONARCA system is now further developed and supported by Monsenso.

Monsenso’s involvement in the The MONARCA II RESEARCH PROJECT

Patients with bipolar disorder according to ICD-10 who previously have been treated at the Copenhagen Clinic for Affective Disorder, Denmark are included and randomised to either daily use of the Monsenso system including a feedback loop between patients and clinicians (the intervention group) or to the use of a smartphone for normal communicative purposes (the control group) for a 9-month trial period. The trial started in September 2014.

The outcome measures between the intervention group and the control group are:

  • Differences in depressive and manic symptoms; rate of depressive and manic episodes (primary);
  • Automatically generated objective data on measures of illness activity; number of days hospitalised; psychosocial functioning (secondary);
  • Perceived stress; quality of life; self-rated depressive symptoms; self-rated manic symptoms; recovery; empowerment and adherence to medication (tertiary)
  • Ethical permission has been obtained. Positive, neutral and negative findings will be published.

If the system is effective in reducing depressive and/or manic symptoms (and other symptoms of bipolar disorder) and the rate of episodes, there will be basis for extending the use to the treatment of bipolar disorder in general and in larger scale.

To read more download the research paper: