The past decade may be dubbed the decade of technology. With social media, smartphones, cloud computing, and other technological advances that are occurring at a dizzying pace, what would have been considered science fiction just a couple of decades ago, has become an everyday phenomenon. Technology is playing an increasing role in our lives and medical practices. From health information technology, including electronic health records, to telemedicine, we are learning to practice in the digital age. New technologies bring both opportunities and risks to health care professionals.
There is often a sense that modern technology would have little use for most patients with mental illness. For example, it is thought that many of our patients would not be able to use video-exercise games or smartphones. New research challenges these notions. Done properly, not only can people with psychiatric disorders use these technologies, but they can also benefit from their therapeutic uses.