Addiction in a digital world – FuturiZe thought leader round table

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Wednesday, 23 October, 2019 - 10:50 to 12:20
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In 2019 the number of mobile phone users is forecast to reach 4.68 billion and it is estimated that around half of them will download at least one mobile health (m-Health) tool. m-Health interventions are seen as a promising approach in prevention and treatment, with a potential to simultaneously focus on the population as a whole, high-risk groups, and individuals. However, in order to fully realize the potential of d-Health, in addition to providing affordable and universal access to digital resources and design evidence-based tools, we need to find ways to also increase the interest and motivation of intended users in their uptake, and to ensure a sustained and consistent adherence in rapidly changing social and technological contexts.

This plenary roundtable session will have a look at why d-Health is not having the level of real-world impact that we are expecting, and explore, among others, the potential of applying serious games to incentivise uptake and adherence; digital phenotyping, based on user mobile usage, as an objective and ecological source of monitoring and measurement for diagnosis and treatment; and social robots programmed by artificial intelligence for behavioural change. We will focus on those aspects that are relevant and specific to addictive substance use and behaviours.