SelfEcho, which makes technology solutions for mental health, is launching and enrolling clinicians in a pilot study of its new Mobile Therapy system. The system will collect patient data on an ongoing, voluntary basis that clinicians can access through a centralized dashboard to monitor progress and eventually enhance treatment; moreover, it also offers practice management tools for clinicians.
Clinicians will be able to access through a centralized dashboard to monitor progress and eventually enhance treatment.The company is in the midst of enrolling selected, licensed clinicians from various mental health practice areas in the pilot study, including professional counselors, clinical psychologists, clinical social workers, and marriage and family therapists. The pilot studies will be conducted in two groups of clinicians who will utilize the system within their practices, free of charge.
“Our goal in launching the pilot study is to give clinicians a preview of the Mobile Therapy system and to solicit their input to ensure that we’re meeting the needs of their practices,” said Jacques Habra, SelfEcho’s co-founder and CEO.
SelfEcho’s Mobile Therapy enables clinicians to collect patient data in a scientifically validated manner, which is then analyzed by psychology-based algorithms. Clinicians invite patients to utilize the system and then customize each user’s account based on the patient’s condition and treatment plan. The HIPAA-compliant system collects data actively and passively via patient self-reports and smartphone sensors. Mobile Therapy uses passive linguistic analysis technology, based on 20 years of research stemming from Professor James W. Pennebaker’s work at the University of Texas at Austin.
The HIPAA-compliant system collects data actively and passively via patient self-reports and smartphone sensors.Over time, clinicians can view metrics from Mobile Therapy’s centralized dashboard to more efficiently diagnose, track patient progress, identify triggers and make more informed decisions about treatment planning. In the near future, this dashboard will also offer variety of insurance, scheduling and billing features to streamline and centralize practice management.
According to a recent national survey commissioned earlier this year by SelfEcho, mental health practitioners believe mobile technology applications geared to mental healthcare treatment have the ability to improve patient care and practice management.