Uruguayans develop technology that enhances sessions between patient and psychologist

A group of Uruguayan students was formed cocoaA psychological companion to help Improve care with the help of artificial intelligence.

Users need to create an account, connect with a psychic and start recording their lives.

One is to register emotionsIt can be described in application and categorized into six faces of emotions.

At the same time, users can record their dreams, indicate whether it was a dream, and write dream attributes. As they explained, artificial intelligence can interpret this in real-time.

The tool lets you create reminders to remember to record emotions and dreams.

The developers created a beta app that focused on refining ideas and getting feedback from patients and psychologists alike.

To date, they have had the participation of 20 psychologists who were very interested in being a part of Coco.

“Our goal is to continue to expand our community and we are actively looking for more collaborators who want to be a part of the platform. We want Ensure that Cocoa evolves according to the real needs of users, To achieve this, we need the participation of more psychologists and patients,” said Maria Fernanda Cesinaro, Systems Engineering student at ORT and co-founder of COCO together with Tomás de Angelis and Juan Pablo Rodríguez Soto.

How it was created

This project is part of a systems engineering student's thesis at ORT University, which seeks to address the mental health problem in Uruguay.

The latest annual data is available from 2022: a total of 818 people committed suicide in Uruguay. The majority are men and the trend has been steadily increasing since 2017.

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“We realized that mental health indicators in our country are showing very worrying trends and we want to make a significant contribution in this regard.” Cesinaro said.

The engineers noted that a lot of “valuable information” is lost during sessions either because of time constraints or because patients forget to report it.

At the same time, they considered many habits that had a major impact on patients' mental health (for example, their diet, sleep, exercise) that “were not addressed in sessions because health was not considered in a comprehensive way.”

“Psychologists face difficulties in finding patterns in patients' behavior over time and tailoring treatment to each patient's unique characteristics,” Cesinaro said.

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