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Study Shows Users of Digital Mental Health Experience Eighteen Times Greater Reduction in Depression Within Only Two Weeks

Study: New research published in the Journal of Medical Internet Research, Research Protocols shows those who used myStrength’s digital mental health tools had eighteen times greater reduction in depressive symptoms within only two weeks of use as compared to the control group.

In a unique collaboration, myStrength, Inc., a digital behavioral health company, along with a large, national, healthcare payer and one of its employer-customers, completed a randomized control trial (RCT) investigating how employers can use digital programs to help employees manage depressive symptoms in a self-help, non-clinical, real-world setting.

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Mental Health Program Taps Into Text Messages for Healthy Minds and Bodies

Secure Text Messaging Could Save Hospitals a Fortune AnnuallyAhead of the weekend, MHW learned that nationally renowned eating disorder expert Lori Osachy, MSS, LCSW is launching a first-of-its-kind mental health program.

Powered by CareWire, Inc., the text2Bwell Positive Body Image Program is described to us as being an 8-week text messaging series to help people begin to transform the way they feel about their body, food, and exercise – all from their cell phone.

Content is conveniently delivered via personalized text messages—no apps or downloads required. Each text will contain proven techniques and action steps, as well as links to more in-depth web content and password-protected forums, and one-on-one support from Osachy. Periodic, text-based survey check-ins will assess participant progress.

Access to the program is currently offered at an introductory price of $25.
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QoL Healthcare Company Acquires 1DocWay

QoL Healthcare Company Acquires 1DocWayGenoa, a QoL Healthcare Company announced this week the launch of Genoa Telepsychiatry with its acquisition of 1DocWay.

1DocWay is the nation’s largest outpatient telepsychiatry provider that offers a “simple, easy-to-use platform” to connect mental health providers and patients.

Genoa says it’s continually looking for ways to innovate and better serve the behavioral health community.
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GSU Launching Telemedicine Nurse Program

GSU Launching Telemedicine Nurse ProgramGeorgia Southern University is helping telemedicine graduate to the next level in academic.

With Georgia said to rank 45th in the country for access to mental health care, it’s understandable as to why the state’s colleges and institutions for higher learning are eager to augment the state’s workforce of qualified medical professionals.

“There’s a critical shortage of mental health providers,” says GSU Associate Professor Dr. Melissa Garno in a report from WJCL.
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Telemedicine Could Help Mental Healthcare in Indiana

Telemedicine Could Help Mental Healthcare in IndianaAccording to a new AP report, Indiana has little or no available mental healthcare available in rural areas of the state. Modern technology, however, could help provide psychiatric care to the eight counties that don’t have mental health providers, the 23 counties without a psychiatrist, and the many sections that are underserved. Indiana has 462 psychiatrists while federal guidelines call for 600.

With an encrypted video link, providers can treat the mentally ill or social workers can counsel a patient or video conference group sessions. Setting up the computer and video technology for a caregiver or patient with data that can be encrypted to protect patients’ privacy can cost less than $1,000.

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Can a Smartphone App Be Used To Effectively Treat Mental Health Conditions?

Can a Smartphone App Be Used To Effectively Treat Mental Health ConditionsHealth-related smartphone apps continue to grow in popularity, prompting the Journal of Medical Internet Research’s mHealth and uHealth to conduct a small study to gauge the effectiveness of mobile mental health apps.

The study was conducted via survey with 100 psychiatric outpatients from Boston based Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center. The study found that 97% of patients owned a cell phone, and 72% owned smartphones.

67% of all participating patients said they were receptive to using mobile mental health apps.

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New Mobile Solution Aims to Improve Mental Health

New Mobile Solution Aims to Improve Mental HealthWearable devices and mHealth resources are not in short supply at this year’s Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas. But mobile innovations designed to improve mental health are not quite as plentiful, which is why InteraXon is getting plenty of attention today at CES.

InteraXon is behind a new brain-reading, stress-reducing, concentration-improving headband called Muse.

“With 100 billion neurons that receive, process and send thoughts and impulses throughout the body, the power of the brain is virtually limitless,” the Muse-maker says. “We’re helping create ways to tap into that power and harness it in amazing ways. And have some fun along the way.”
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