Assessment of Physician Mental Health Using Voice Analysis, Physiological Metrics and Smartphone Enabled Behavioral Modification

Mental illness is a leading cause of disability worldwide. Physician mental illness and burn out is a growing problem with substantial associated morbidity and mortality. Self-reporting by physicians of mental illness and burnout is low, partly due to physicians often not recognizing the symptoms in themselves but also the perceived stigma associated with mental illness and concerns related to medical licensing and insurance. One in 3 physicians report no source of medical or psychiatric care. This leaves large portions of the physician population with little to no oversight of mental illnesses.

Wearable sensors and mental health platforms delivered via smartphones offer an opportunity to passively and actively acquire quantifiable signs and symptoms related to mental health status. These features include both physiological and cognitive performance measures.

Several studies have demonstrated the utility of mobile health applications monitoring and identifying the onset of mental illness and then delivering targeted therapies to those at risk in a variety of clinical settings.

STSI is conducting a single site prospective cross over observational study involving physicians at Scripps Clinic/Green Hospital in La Jolla, CA. Physicians will use 3 smartphone-enabled devices (Oura Ring, Spire and Beyond Verbal) for a three month period to track their individual mood states.

The smartphone-enabled devices used in this study: (left to right) Oura Ring, Spire Stone and Beyond Verbal