"An important aspect of evolving technology trends is the potential for convergence," said Frost & Sullivan Transformational Health Research Analyst Siddharth Shah. "For instance, smartphone applications can use the phone camera for emotion recognition, backed by deep learning and artificial intelligence technologies. A combined therapy approach employing telehealth for remote consults, virtual reality for remote therapy, and smartphone apps for self-management will greatly enhance outcomes."
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One of the primary challenges to the rapid adoption of technologies is the social and cultural stigma associated with behavioral health issues. However, the introduction of telehealth and anonymous online support services has mitigated this issue to a large extent. Technological advances also bring products and services closer to patients, overcoming the lack of adequate behavioral health services, personnel and infrastructure.
The global diversity in terms of disease burden in the behavioral health space is significant:
- Europe ranks third in terms of disease burden, but has the highest number of behavioral health outpatient visits and hospital admissions.
- The Americas rank fourth in disease burden and second in hospital admissions, but its post-discharge follow-up rate of 34 percent is the lowest globally.
- Southeast Asia, which ranks second in terms of disease burden, has the best follow-up rates.
- The Western Pacific region (Australia, China, Japan), which has the highest global disease burden, fares poorly in implementing behavioral health policies, but has a very high number of outpatient visits.
- Africa has the fifth-largest disease burden, but lacks sufficient facilities and has the lowest outpatient visits.
- The Eastern Mediterranean region (Middle East) has the lowest disease burden globally and the lowest number of outpatient facilities after Africa.
"There are several companies and some start-ups, that are working in various behavioral health segments such as neuromodulation devices and virtual reality," noted Shah. "Collaborations among players in these segments can result in mutually beneficial partnerships, helping them thrive in a market dealing with significant challenges of stigma and lack of infrastructure."
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