An app that fights childhood obesity and a device that uses the sun to purify water. Innovative stories from the world of wellness.

Each week PSFK.com with its partner Boehringer Ingelheim brings you a snapshot of five innovative ideas that are reshaping the health care industry. This week’s innovations include an app that fights childhood obesity and a device that uses the sun to purify water. Be sure to check out Boehringer Ingelheim’s Facebook, Twitter and Pinterest pages to stay on top of all things health.

Telepsychiatry Brings Emergency Mental Care To Remote Areas A recent initiative in North Carolina is giving patients in need access to telepsychiatry, in areas where the service would otherwise be unavailable. Funded as a state health initiative, When a patient comes into an emergency room, they can be connected via a two-way video connection with a psychiatrist. A recent study by the nonpartisan North Carolina Center for Public Policy Research found that the method is having success in providing more timely treatment for mental health issues. The program uses a secure teleconferencing system to connect doctor and patients rather than services like Skype, and offers a low cost method to give patients access to mental care.

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