Breakthrough Machine Learning Algorithm Accurately Predicts Mental Health Crises | News

Koa Health correctly predicts more than half of seizures 28 days in advance, which has proven clinically valuable in 64% of cases

LONDON, May 18, 2022 /PRNewswire-PRWeb/ — Koa Health, a leading global provider of digital mental health solutions, and birmingham and Solihull Mental Health NHS Foundation Trust, today announced the results of a groundbreaking machine learning algorithm that accurately predicted mental health crises in a real-world NHS setting. The study results suggest that such technology could enable early intervention and improve patient outcomes.

Koa Health has developed a machine learning model that uses anonymized electronic health records to continuously monitor patients for potential mental health crisis. The model was found to correctly predict more than half of seizures 28 days in advance, without a considerable rate of false positives. A six-month study evaluated the use of Koa Health’s algorithm in clinical practice. In no less than 64% of cases, the model proved to be clinically useful, whether in terms of workload management or crisis risk mitigation.

The study findings come during Mental Health Awareness Month and follow UK Mental Health Awareness Week which recognized nearly one billion people around the world who live with a mental disorder. With the global mental health emergency greatly exacerbated by the COVID-19 pandemic, health systems are facing increasing demand for mental health services and are looking for solutions to enable preventative measures. Koa Health is exploring integrating crisis prediction into its comprehensive mental health service as part of its goal to use technology to radically improve access to high-quality mental health support. The next step is to validate the model in other health systems and undertake the larger scale studies that will be required to gain regulatory approval.

dr. Oliver HarrisonCEO of Koa Health, says: “As an NHS psychiatrist, I have seen too many people come to our services through the accident and emergency department. By the time we saw them they were usually very ill and had often struggled with relationships, finances, employment, and housing. Putting the pieces back together was almost always expensive, time-consuming, and painful for those involved. We were thrilled to be chosen as our test bed. of NHS Wave 1 to partner with birmingham and Solihull NHS Mental Health Foundation Trust. We shared a vision of moving from reactive care – driven by crisis – to proactive care – guided by prediction and prevention. We have achieved outstanding results in this trial and look forward to continued development work. We believe this is the future of mental health care in the UK and around the world.”

dr. Alexandre MaticKoa Health R&D Director says, “Prevention is widely considered the holy grail of treating mental health issues. Using AI to predict mental health crises can enable timely and proactive instead of reactive interventions to mitigate or prevent mental health crises and truly help both patients. and health systems. We were so excited when the results of the clinical implementation of our model suggested that our predictions could indeed have prevented more severe symptoms. Providing the right intervention at the right time is central to Koa’s approach.

To learn more, read the study in Nature Medicine.

About the study

The study, whose results have just been published in the journal Nature Medicine, was conducted by Koa Health using anonymized data from electronic health records* collected over seven years (2012-2018) from 17,122 patients. Using the data, Koa Health was able to develop a unique machine learning algorithm which it used to assess how accurately it could continuously predict the risk of a mental health crisis (defined as “the onset severe symptoms requiring significant healthcare resources”) over a 28-day period.

Koa Health then evaluated the seizure prediction algorithm in the clinical practice of November 2018 for May 2019. Seizure predictions were provided every two weeks to 60 clinicians, who then assessed whether and how these predictions helped them manage workload priorities and mitigate seizure risk. These clinicians reported that the predictions were clinically valid in 64% of cases.

*Anonymised data remained on the Trust’s servers, which are based in birmingham at the headquarters of the BSMHFT, and all the analyzes were carried out there. All data sharing between the companies was bound by EU, UK and Spanish data protection laws, as well as legal contracts and governance processes. The Health Research Authority (HRA) approved the study and ensured that all NHS research governance requirements were met and that patients and public interests were protected.

About Koa Health

Koa Health is the leading global provider of integrated, personalized, evidence-based solutions and services that deliver mental health for all. Available to over 3 million users worldwide, Koa Health meets a wide range of mental health needs, from improving well-being to supporting the treatment of the most prolific disorders. Backed by investors such as Telefónica, a consortium advised by Ancora Finance Group, Wellington Partners Life Sciences and MTIP, Koa Health leverages deep clinical expertise, research and technology to deliver effective and accessible care that adapts to users’ unique circumstances, leading to long-lasting care. behavior change and positive health outcomes. Koa Health partners with employers, health plans, health systems and providers around the world with its headquarters in the Netherlands and operations in Boston, London and Barcelona.

On birmingham and Solihull Mental Health NHS Foundation Trust

birmingham and Solihull Mental Health NHS Foundation Trust provides a comprehensive mental health service to residents of birmingham and Solihulland a range of specialist mental health services to communities across the West Midlands and beyond.

The Trust operates at over 40 sites, serves a culturally and socially diverse population of 1.3 million people spread over 172 square miles, has an income of over £240 million and a dedicated workforce of about 4,000 people.

A wide range of local and regional services and partnerships spanning inpatient, community and specialist mental health care make it one of the most innovative and complex mental health foundations in the country.

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