A Mobile Health Platform

Researchers at the National Institute on Drug Abuse developed a mobile health technology to monitor and predict a user’s psychological status and to deliver an automated intervention when needed.  The technology uses smartphones to monitor the user’s location and ask questions about psychological status throughout the day.  Continuously-collected ambulatory psychological data are fused with data on location and responses to questions.  The mobile data are combined with geospatial risk maps to quantify exposure to risk and predict a future psychological state.  The  predictions are used to warn the user when he or she is at an especially high risk of experiencing a negative event that might lead to an unwanted outcome (e.g., lapse to drug use in a recovering addict).

An internally developed mobile app is being deployed to deliver an intervention in the context of drug addiction.  The inventors also seek to test the technology for other health applications.

Potential Commercial Applications: Competitive Advantages:
  • Real time behavior monitoring
  • Therapeutic delivery of an intervention via a mobile device
  • Mobile device
  • Real time
  • Exposure to risk

Development Stage:


K. Preston (NIDA)  ➽ more inventions...

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Intellectual Property:
Foreign Filed Application No. 15/580,975
Application No. PCT/US2016/029553

David H. Epstein et al.  PMID 24332365
A.P. Kennedy et al. PMID 25920802

Collaboration Opportunity:

Licensing and research collaboration

Licensing Contact:
John Hewes, Ph.D.
Email: John.Hewes@nih.gov
Phone: 240-276-5515

OTT Reference No: E-049-2015
Updated: Jan 26, 2021