Digital therapeutics - using tech in lifestyle medicine + NDIS support
The use of technology can sometimes seem like a double edged sword. On the upside, it allows us to create, foster and strengthen connections between people, for work and play. Used well, technology is a powerful tool for creating better futures, breaking down the barriers of time, place and purpose. But like all tools, there is a dark side - internet addictions, excessive screen time, antisocial behaviour fostered by anonymity and distractedness from our physical life demands if not used mindfully. We recognise the importance of lifestyle choices and daily habits as setting the foundations for our health futures - chosen wisely and used carefully, technology can be life enhancing. It has the potential to track and transform health initiatives in the workplace, care settings and at home, noting that care settings in primary care are changing, orienting increasingly towards supporting people-in-place.
Laughing Mind worked with NSW Govt and Slingshot Accelerator to deliver a 10week Accessible Cities program, mentoring and supporting the work of 4 startups making a difference in mobility solutions for people with a disability.
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Our TherapeuTech service delivers healthcare-focused interventions that enhance lives, creating habits that are integrated over time into a routine that integrates effective lifestyle medicine techniques - this helps keep people happier, healthier and enhances resilience.
At Laughing Mind, we use our background in Health Services capability and large scale systems integration projects to inform careful selection and tailoring of technology to create therapeutic interventions and connections, across a range of settings. We've used technology to connect family, work teams and enterprises across time, place and purpose for stronger connections, with productivity enhancing impact.
loneliness rising in a digital age
- The effect of loneliness and isolation on mortality exceeds the impact of well-known risk factors such as obesity, and has a similar influence as cigarette smoking (Holt-Lunstad, 2010)
- Loneliness puts individuals at greater risk of cognitive decline (James et al, 2011)
- Loneliness and low social interaction are predictive of suicide in older age (O’Connell et al, 2004)