Artificial Intelligence keeps penetrating our everyday lives and has been widely used in different spheres to serve people and their needs. Inventale’s team has been famously digging into the fields of AI for 20+ years, delivering challenging and exciting solutions to our partners and clients. But guess what projects bring us the most delight? Well, the clue is in the title, so your guess should be correct: whenever there is a chance to bring value to the environment, society, or people, our team always works with twice the enthusiasm.
Psychology and psychiatry are very young sciences, and there is still a good deal of uncertainty, blind spots, and unanswered questions. In the first year of the COVID-19 pandemic, the global prevalence of anxiety and depression increased by a massive 25%, according to a scientific brief released by the World Health Organization (WHO). So when our dear partner, Anca McCormack, came up with the idea of using AI to help mental health specialists, we considered it a very special project and an opportunity to deliver something really useful for people. And then, out of continuous discussions, several mockup iterations, and meetings with experts in the field, NexusMentis was gradually developed.
What’s unique about it, and how is AI involved?
NexusMentis is a decision-support system that analyzes all the patient’s previous and current prescriptions, results of their daily surveys for a period, medication compatibilities, and anonymized data on similar cases, processing millions of records - and this is where machine learning and data science are applied. While processing vast amounts of data, the system identifies patterns and trends that might otherwise be missed and generates insights based on that analysis.
Two primary NexusMentis modules are a Diagnostics Tool and Smart Pharmacy. A Diagnostics Tool gives possible diagnoses with ratings based on a patient’s symptoms. Then a Smart Pharmacy module provides a doctor with recommendations on what medicines would be the best and which ones will not work with explanations of why. But it is the doctor who gives the final word after careful evaluation of the granular and thorough analysis made by the system.
One of the system’s key benefits is its ability to learn and improve continuously. As more data is collected and analyzed, NexusMentis tunes the algorithms for a country/clinic/doctor’s specifics and adapts its predictions and recommendations accordingly.
What does this all mean to a patient?
The output is difficult to overestimate, and a widely used slogan, “better results faster,” though often overused, would be most appropriate here. Ambitious as it sounds, the system already works! Patients get the most suitable treatment as quickly as possible, saving their time, money, and what is most precious - their nerves and health.
People’s mental health is where we have started, and there are plans to expand the system’s functionalities to other fields of medicine. Curious to learn more about the project? You’re welcome to read the case study or talk to us at firstname.lastname@example.org.