Fitbit, #suicide risk, prevention, and prediction: #SPSM chats 5/6/18, 9pCT.

SPSM chats about passive tracking devices/apps, such as Fitbit, and how that data may be related to detecting/predicting suicide risk, and preventing suicide attempt/death, 9pCT.

Fitbit has been entering the medical device landscape, and for excellent business reasons. Snidely referred to as “Quitbit,” many devices that are soley activity trackers have high abandonment rates. For this reason, Fitbit has chosen mental health as a development area for it’s product as a medical device. what does this mean for suicide prevention?

Questions we’ll be discussing on SPSM:

  • Is activity data alone useful in suicide research and prevention/intervention? If so, how?
  • Given high device abandonment rates, what are strategies for increasing adherence long enough to get valuable data for research and monitoring?
  • And, how such devices be gamified or otherwise enhanced for intervention?

On a related note, did you know that Fitbit data can be donated at You do now! We’ll chat about this, too, on #SPSM

Chat LIVE here:

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