Exploring New Opportunities for Mental Healthcare Through the Internet of Things (IoT)

Gert B. Folkerts*, Rogier van de Wetering, Rachelle Bosua, Remko W. Helms

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The Internet of Things (IoT) provide new opportunities for healthcare to enhance the quality of life and safety of mental-health patients. However, only limited studies explore how IoT can be adopted to this end, and this study tries to fill this particular gap. This research includes a literature reviewand five cases with semi-constructed interviews that position the use and adoption of IoT applications in Dutch mental healthcare. This paper presents an explorative, interpretative, and mainly qualita- tive multiple case study. The outcomes show that privacy, security, knowledge of new technology, and opposition from traditional medical professionals are essen- tial factors that currently reduce the acceptance of IoT in mental healthcare and lead to low IoT use. Keywords:
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of 9th International Conference on Health Information Science (HIS 2020)
EditorsZhisheng Huang, Siuly Siuly, Hua Wang, Rui Zhou, Yanchun Zhang
Place of PublicationCham
PublisherSpringer Nature Switzerland AG
Number of pages12
ISBN (Electronic)978-3-030-61951-0
ISBN (Print)978-3-030-61950-3
Publication statusPublished - 2020
Event9th International Conference on Health Information Systems - Amsterdam, Netherlands
Duration: 20 Oct 202023 Oct 2020
Conference number: 9

Publication series

SeriesLecture Notes in Computer Science (LNCS) series
SeriesInformation Systems and Applications, incl. Internet/Web, and HCI


Conference9th International Conference on Health Information Systems
Abbreviated titleHIS 2020
Internet address


  • internet of things
  • iot
  • mental healthcare
  • privacy
  • sensors


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