News Item – Toronto hospital to use AI, data science to better understand mental health

Sean Hill believes the mental health crisis can be improved by harnessing big data.

The Toronto researcher says harvesting all the available information in the field — whether it’s collected by clinicians or trapped inside patients’ genes and neurons — will help answer the big questions about mental disorders. Mental health research, he says, needs to be transformed into a data-driven science.

“Right now mental health disorders are defined in terms of symptoms and we want to be defining them based on biological mechanisms,” Hill said. “That’s the Holy Grail of where we want to go.”

Full article at: CBC News