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AI for Health and Wellness

 

Digital Tools for Mental Health

We design and develop software for mental health and wellness. We bring together psychological science, clinical best practices and advanced technology to:

♦ enhance client-therapist dialog

♦ enable self-awareness

♦ alleviate suffering

Healthcare transformation is underway to reduce costs while improving patient outcomes. Psychological safety, wellness and fitness are imperatives in these fast-paced and stressful times. Software is advancing rapidly with Conversational Interfaces, Machine Learning, Autonomous Agents and Smart Devices. Working closely with our clients, we develop valuable and desirable solutions in the health and wellness arenas.

Improvize offers software as a service backed by consulting support as required. We combine creative design, data-driven insights and the latest technology. The results are software that is convenient to access and meaningful to use. By applying sophisticated data science behind the scenes, we produce rich, audio-visual content that makes sense and delivers impact.

 

Conversational Interfaces

Chatbots, messaging apps, and other conversational user interfaces are gradually becoming the norm. Though it is our aspiration, we don’t typically utilize spoken dialog in our software (it’s still too costly except in special cases).

However ‘conversational’ also means to us an interface that is simple, self-evident and forgiving of human limitations. We use natural language processing (NLP) where possible to simplify the user experience.

Machine Learning

In a world flooded with data, we need help to make sense of it, find insights, and visualize relationships in a way that promotes understanding, decision-making, and real-team interactions. We utilize an array of techniques to go beyond record-keeping to software that classifies, predicts and recommends.

Text mining, word vectors, association rules, principal component analysis, correspondence analysis, k nearest neighbors, decision trees, neural networks, and regression are among the algorithms we use. Ultimately it means software that “knows the story inside the data”.

Autonomous Processing

Automation has been around for a long time, but autonomous software is fairly new. It’s software that you direct to “do it for me”. Smart Devices (aka “the Internet of Things” IoT) allow software to sense the world, reducing the need for human attention. We make software that is self-regulating, sensing, interpreting, and able to take action in prescribed ways based on understood patterns.

Software Applications

Mental Health Apps

We develop software that helps clinicians (therapists) work with their clients: it monitors, evaluates and visualizes a client’s psychological state. Borrowing methods from Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Appraisal Theory and the Self-Efficacy literature, we design the software to “connect the dots”, and to construct a composite portrait of the individual. By gathering a person’s emotional and cognitive state, the software facilitates treatment by a trained psychologist. (All data is secured by industry-standard encryption.)

Medical Facility Management

Operations at all medical facilities move at a rapid pace. Whether the ER or an elective surgery clinic, medical procedures are taking place in a continuous cycle with doctors, patients, nurses and equipment continuously in motion. EMR systems address primarily the billing needs of these complex systems. We work with sensor hardware and cloud storage systems to manage vast amounts of real-time data to create alerts, visualizations and reports in order to optimize the flow of patients through these facilities.

Technologies

We use a variety of software building blocks and web services (cloud API’s). Our typical configuration:

Front End Development: Shiny to create responsive web applications (works great on mobile, tablet or desktop)

Predictive Analytics: R and RStudio to develop sophisticated data models, analytics and visualizations

Secure, Flexible Database: MongoDB is our db of choice to manage transactions and store data repositories.

While this is not suited for every use case, we find that by sticking to this simple configuration in most cases, we can keep costs down and deliver powerful, useful Software as a Service to our customers at a great value and rapid development.

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