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Ep. 191: Technology as a lifeline for suicide prevention | Listen time: 22:48

by John Rekart, Ph.D. | Brian Kay | David Leidner, Ph.D.

Published on 9/25/2020

In this episode, John Rekart, Ph.D., a senior health care executive at Cerner, leads a conversation about how technology and data can help identify those who may be high-risk for suicidal behavior. Dr. Rekart is joined by Brian Kay, vice president of continuous improvement at Rogers Behavioral Health, and David Leidner, Ph.D., a psychologist and researcher in the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation.

Listen to Brian and Dr. Leidner answer these questions:

  • What challenges are you facing around suicide prevention at Rogers Behavioral Health and the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation?
  • What’s the difference between an assessment of suicide risk and a prediction of behavior?
  • How are your teams using analytics, artificial intelligence, machine learning and other technology tools to assist with suicide prevention? How well do these methods work and what benefits have you seen?
  • What advice do you have for other health care providers who want to implement similar technology and strategies to assist with their suicide prevention efforts?
  • Looking to the future, how do you think this technology will continue to develop? What can the health care industry do to advance these innovations?

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This episode is airing in September, which happens to be Suicide Prevention Awareness Month. If you or a loved one are struggling and in need of support, please contact the Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-8255 or visit their website at for more confidential and free resources.

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