Of approximately 40,000 smartphone health apps available, about 800 are devoted to mental health, according to Robert Kennedy, MD, Executive Director of the American Association for Technology in Psychiatry.
However, few of these apps are developed by clinicians, and there is little science to the vast majority of them, said Seth Powsner, MD, President of the AATP, and Professor of Psychiatry at Yale.
Apps may provide solutions, the speakers agreed.
New health apps launched by Apple just last month, in April, 2016, include pregnancy tracker Glow Nurture, newborn parenting app Glow Baby, and a diabetes manager.
An Apple depression tracker named Start, includes a symptom tracker, medication reminder, depression rating scale, and information about medication side effects.
The Collaboratory encouraged clinicians to contact them with ideas for apps, and for help in developing the apps.