Personal health systems for mental health: The European projects

Giuseppe Riva, Rosa Banos, Cristina Botella, Andrea Gaggioli, Brenda K. Wiederhold

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Since the European funded project VREPAR - Virtual Reality in Neuro- Psycho-Physiology (1995) - different European research activities have been using virtual reality and advanced information and communication technologies to improve the quality of care in the treatment of many different mental health disorders including anxiety disorders, eating disorders and obesity. Now the European Commission funding is shifting from the traditional hospital-centred and reactive healthcare delivery model toward a person-centred and preventive one. The main outcome of this shift is the "Personal Health Systems" (PHS) paradigm that aims at offering continuous, quality controlled, and personalized health services to empowered individuals regardless of location. The paper introduces four recently funded projects - Interstress, Monarca, Optimi and Psyche - that aim at using PHS based on virtual reality, biosensors and/or mobile technologies to improve the treatment of bipolar disorders, depression and psychological stress.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationStudies in Health Technology and Informatics
Number of pages7
Publication statusPublished - 2011
EventMedicine Meets Virtual Reality 18: NextMed, MMVR18 - Newport Beach, CA, United States
Duration: Feb 9 2011Feb 12 2011


OtherMedicine Meets Virtual Reality 18: NextMed, MMVR18
Country/TerritoryUnited States
CityNewport Beach, CA


  • Assessment
  • Biosensors
  • Bipolar disorders
  • Depression
  • Mobile technologies
  • Personal health systems
  • Stress
  • Therapy
  • Virtual reality

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Biomedical Engineering
  • Health Informatics
  • Health Information Management
  • Medicine(all)


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