A small study published in JMIR Mental Health found that 84 percent of surveyed patients living with mental illness were willing to use apps that would collect and share biomarkers. With the percentage of smartphone ownership skyrocketing to around 77 percent in America, smartphones have become constant companions. Recently, mental health professionals have kickstarted the conversation about how smartphone usage can help gauge a patient’s wellness and behavior. Several apps have begun to emerge that will track a patients phone habits, behaviors, and even location through GPS. However, often these apps do not have access to a users content. For example, an app may be able to report if a user answered a text message, but wouldnt have access to the content of the message.

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