A Mobile Health Platform

The NIH inventors have developed a mobile health technology to monitor and predict a user’s psychological status and to deliver an automated intervention when needed. The technology uses smartphones to monitor the user’s location and ask questions about psychological status throughout the day. Continuously collected ambulatory psychological data are fused with data on location and responses to questions. The mobile data are combined with geospatial risk maps to quantify exposure to risk and predict a future psychological state. The future predictions are used to warn the user when he or she is at especially high risk of experiencing a negative event that might lead to an unwanted outcome (e.g., lapse to drug use in a recovering addict).

An internally developed mobile app is now being deployed to deliver an intervention in the context of drug addiction. The inventors are also seeking to test the technology for other health applications.

Potential Commercial Applications: Competitive Advantages:
  • Real time behavior monitoring
  • Therapeutic delivery of an intervention via a mobile device
  • Mobile device
  • Real time
  • Exposure to risk

Development Stage:


Kenize Preston (NIDA)  ➽ more inventions...

David Epstein (NIDA)  ➽ more inventions...

Matthew Tyburski

Intellectual Property:
US Application No. 62/186,983
PCT Application No. PCT/US2016/029553
US Application No. 15/580,975

Epstein DH, et al. PMID 24332365
Kennedy AP, et al. PMID 25920802

Collaboration Opportunity:

The National Institute on Drug Abuse is seeking statements of capability or interest from parties interested in collaborative research to further develop, evaluate or commercialize mhealth system to analyze and intervene. For collaboration opportunities, please contact John D. Hewes, Ph.D. at john.hewes@nih.gov.

Licensing Contact:
Martha Lubet, Ph.D.
Email: lubetm@mail.nih.gov
Phone: 240-276-5508

OTT Reference No: E-049-2015/0
Updated: Oct 11, 2017