One in five U.S. adults experience mental illness each year, and 19 percent of U.S. adults with a behavioral health issue also have a substance use disorder, according to the National Alliance on Mental Health (NAMI).
Mental illness takes a physical, social and financial toll, and can often go undiagnosed and untreated, if the individual does not seek professional help. In addition, 74 percent of patients with mental health disorders go to their primary care physician first, and it is estimated that 50 percent are misdiagnosed. This is where Electronic Caregiver® and Mindyra Health Corporation are stepping in to connect the dots between physical and mental health and provide a solution to dramatically improve the lives of individuals affected by behavioral and substance use disorders.
Electronic Caregiver®, a 24/7 virtual care and health technology company, and Mindyra, an innovative digital behavioral healthcare company, announced earlier this week that they have formed a strategic partnership whereby Mindyra’s software platform will be made available to all of Electronic Caregiver’s care provider customers, helping them make more precise diagnoses, create best evidence-based treatment plans and measure outcomes for all their patients who may suffer from emotional and substance use disorders.
The digital tools for patient education about their conditions and for monitoring their care progress will be made available to all of Electronic Caregiver’s direct customers, their patients and their families across the U.S. through the company’s Pro Health, a home-based smart health hub that monitors vitals and key health metrics, and soon, Addison, the Virtual Caregiver™, anticipated to be released this year.
“This partnership with Electronic Caregiver® is very exciting for both organizations,” said Mindyra CEO Bill Battey. “It combines the digital interactive behavioral care software system that Mindyra has built with the comprehensive in-home health care provided services delivered by Electronic Caregiver® through Addison. Together, our integrated solutions are well-suited to help chronic care organizations, physician and behavioral care groups, and payer systems deliver more effective care at a lower cost, while measuring outcomes every step of the way.”
Addison is a state-of-the-art, 3D animated caregiver designed to engage with and help monitor the health of aging and chronically ill clients via touch-screen devices strategically placed throughout the home. Like the Pro Health, Addison, the Virtual Caregiver ™, allows health organizations to monitor patients remotely, giving physicians and care team members the ability to react in real time and provide better outcomes.
Some of Addison’s features include voice-driven medication reminders; leading patients through the steps of recording a vital; ensuring patients are adhering to their doctor’s health recommendations; offering 24/7 emergency and telehealth services at the touch of a button, and with Mindyra, the ability to identify and monitor a patient’s mental health status.
The Mindyra offering within Electronic Caregiver’s connected devices will provide:
- Proprietary diagnostic testing, treatment planning and outcomes measurement tools
- Access to evidenced based self-help and community resources
- Real-time advice to practitioners and patients on what is working
- Patient educational resources for 67 emotional and substance use disorders
- The ability to immediately, securely and confidentially share information with patients
- Increased patient satisfaction through increased understanding and a deeper sense of engagement
Mindyra’s digital health platform, reimbursable by government and private payers, helps decrease overall health care costs, decrease rates of relapse and improve patient quality of life. The platform offers a solution for chronic care management companies, physician groups, hospital groups, behavioral care groups, and self-insured corporations and other payers.
“The goal really is to augment the relationship of the health care provider with the patient – making sure the health care provider has the tools they need to really understand the underlying problem, and then continue with the other services we already offer through Pro Health and eventually, Addison – to build on that, to track that, and really continue to engage,” said Electronic Caregiver® Chief Clinical Officer Tim Washburn.