The information already stored in your smartphone could be useful for you. iFeel is an innovative app that aims to use that information towards early detection of depression. Downloading iFeel will activate a personalized early detection engine that analyzes your behavioral usage patterns and notifies your chosen Trust Buddy.
· Keep your anonymity - no registration of any personal information needed.
· Keep your control – you choose who gets notified (via text message) whenever a clinically significant depression-related deviation is detected.
· Keep your routine – no action or change of habits is required. The app simply works in the background.
· Keep your health - as "An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure" (Benjamin Franklin).
iFeel empowers you and your family member or friend of your choice as he/she receives a real time notification (via text message) whenever clinically significant depression-related deviation is detected.
What is unique about the iFeel is that once you download it, no action or change in your behavior is required. Language and cultural nuances do not pose a problem, since usage is analyzed according to your behavioral pattern (using sophisticated statistical variations formula) and not compared to others. This free app was developed by the Expert Platform on Mental Health – a multi-stakeholder initiative that includes experts, patient organizations (GAMIAN), family organizations (EUFAMI), and psychological organizations (IFP). The Expert Platform also includes (as observers) European Commissions (DG SANCO) and members of Parliament. The Expert Platform on Mental Health has no commercial interests and is designed to comply with all relevant security, privacy and medical regulations to ensure that the app will only be used by you and for you.
An integral part of iFeel and a key to its development and growth is feedback from the users. We hope that iFeel's engine, along with your valued feedback, contributes to strengthening and prolonging patients’ recovery.
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