Journal of Medical Systems

, 43:11 | Cite as

IoT-Based Services and Applications for Mental Health in the Literature

  • Isabel de la Torre DíezEmail author
  • Susel Góngora Alonso
  • Sofiane Hamrioui
  • Eduardo Motta Cruz
  • Lola Morón Nozaleda
  • Manuel A. Franco
Systems-Level Quality Improvement
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  1. Systems-Level Quality Improvement


Internet of Things (IoT) has emerged as a new paradigm today, connecting a variety of physical and virtual elements integrated with electronic components, sensors, actuators and software to collect and exchange data. IoT is gaining increasing attention as a priority research topic in the Health sector in general and in specific areas such as Mental Health. The main objective of this paper is to show a review of the existing research works in the literature, referring to the main IoT services and applications in Mental Health diseases. The scientific databases used to carry out the review are Google Scholar, IEEE Xplore, PubMed, Science Direct, and Web of Science, taking into account as date of publication the last 10 years, from 2008 to the present. Several search criteria were established such as “IoT OR Internet of Things AND (Application OR Service) AND Mental Health” selecting the most interesting articles. A total of 51 articles were found on IoT-based services and applications in Mental Health, of which 14 have been identified as relevant works in mental health. Many of the publications (more than 60%) found show the applications developed for monitoring patients with mental disorders through sensors and networked devices. The inclusion of the new IoT technology in Health brings many benefits in terms of monitoring, welfare interventions and providing alert and information services. In pathologies such as Mental Health is a vital factor to improve the patient life quality and effectiveness of the medical service.


Applications IoT Mental health Sensors 



This research has been made within the Program “Movilidad Investigadores UVA-BANCO SANTANDER 2018”, and it has been partially supported by European Commission and the Ministry of Industry, Energy and Tourism under the project AAL-20125036 named “Wetake Care: ICT- based Solution for (Self-) Management of Daily Living”.

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The authors declare that they have no conflict of interest.

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This article does not contain any studies with human participants or animals performed by any of the authors.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Signal Theory and Communications, and Telematics EngineeringUniversity of ValladolidValladolidSpain
  2. 2.Bretagne Loire and Nantes Universities, UMR 6164, IETR Polytech NantesNantesFrance
  3. 3.Nozaleda and Lafora Mental Health ClinicMadridSpain
  4. 4.Psiquiatry ServiceHospital ZamoraHernán CortésSpain

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