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CRI Featured in Open Minds

CRI’s coactionHealth program was recently featured in an Open Minds story discussing the problem of superutilizers, “the small percentage of the population that is responsible for the majority of health care spending.” The article addressed the elements of coactionHealth, which includes using smartphones, HIPPA-compliant telemedical services and mobile apps to help users maintain their health and get the help they need.

Here’s an excerpt from the article, reporting the results of the coactionHealth pilot:

“The result from the coactionHealth Indiana pilot were presented by April D. Bragg, Ph.D., Vice President of Research Advancement and Claire R. Bohmann, M.Ed., Coordinator, Center for Clinical Excellence, in the session, Tackling The Superutilizer Challenge With Technology, in the pilot group, the program reduced hospital days by 53%, reduced emergency room days by 39%, and reduced unmet social need by 30% – with an estimated cost savings of over $178,000 (see Centerstone’s Medicaid ‘Super Utilizers’ Hospitalization Prevention Program Reduces Hospital Use).”

The full article can be found here.

Kathryn Mathes Receives 2015 Howard T. McClung Memorial Award for Excellence in Leadership

Kathryn Mathes, PhD, VP of Evaluation and Research, was recently honored with the 2015 Howard T. McClung Memorial Award for Excellence in Leadership, which recognizes her leadership excellence in the face of immeasurable challenges. The Howard T. McClung Memorial Award is given each year to a CRI employee who demonstrates leadership and professional excellence. Read More

Behavioral Nonprofits Must Seize the Moment

Editorial featured in Executive Insight by Tom Doub
Depending on who you speak with, behavioral health providers feel that we’re either blessed with favorable tailwinds or stuck in stormy weather. There’s a strong divide between the gloomy/reactive outlook of nonprofit community-based providers and the optimistic/entrepreneurial view of for-profit companies in our field. Read More

“Playing Media Games With Wellbeing (And I Don’t Mean Dr. Oz)”

Article By Howard Homonoff for Forbes.com
Tracking mobile mental health apps is like journeying up a massive mountain you believe you can summit only to realize, after trekking for the designated number of days, that you are no where near the peek. In a recent article, Playing Media Games With Wellbeing (And I Don’t Mean Dr. Oz)Howard Homonoff offered an insightful view of the many developments in digital media — namely gaming. He concluded the well-researched article with a highlight of the “obstacles to blending the fun of games and the serious job of promoting mental wellbeing.” CRI’s iThrive is among the initiatives discussed.

CRI Releases appImpact, Guide to Using Mobile Tech in Behavioral Healthcare

In collaboration with the D.N. Batten Foundation, Centerstone Research Institute (CRI) has released appImpact, a guide to integrating mobile technology into behavioral healthcare. From selection and implementation to evaluation, appImpact offers behavioral healthcare providers the framework needed to realize improved outcomes and cost savings through the use of mobile technologies in healthcare—otherwise known as mHealth.

Download the appImpact Guide

CRI Releases National Data Warehouse Whitepaper

CRI has released a whitepaper on its National Data Warehouse, a data store from 14 community mental health organizations covering more than 1,100 separate clinical practice locations across 13 states. The National Data Warehouse is a continuously growing database including details on more than 480,000 people, 23 million service records, 4.5 million prescriptions, 1.9 million diagnoses and other clinical, administrative and outcome data points.

In 2008, CRI initiated a partnership with key behavioral health providers beyond the Centerstone system, researchers, and policymakers nationwide to launch the Knowledge Network — a collaborative organization dedicated to bridging the gap between mental health research and practice Knowledge Network members work together to drive implementation of evidence-based treatments from the best research available, ultimately improving the lives and outcomes of patients nationwide. The Knowledge Network also seeks to increase the knowledge base on effective practices by leveraging their combined data in pursuit of practice-based evidence. Over its lifetime, CRI’s Knowledge Network has launched a series of projects designed to advance research, policy, treatment, and technology in the mental health arena.

Download the National Data Warehouse Whitepaper

Engagement: The Key to Complex Care

A blog by Tom Doub published in HIT Leaders and News
The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services estimates that 25 percent of all Americans – and 75 percent of those over age 65 – are dealing with multiple chronic conditions. A landmark study by the Center for Health Care Strategies found that about two-thirds of Medicaid patients with the five most common chronic physical conditions – asthma/COPD, congestive heart failure, coronary heart disease, diabetes and hypertension – also have a behavioral health comorbidity like depression or substance abuse (Figure 1). Read Article

Why Spend $3,000 on a $3 Problem?

A blog by Tom Doub published in Healthcare Financial Management Association
Ambulance rides resulting from unnecessary 911 calls waste millions of dollars each year. The waste comes from spending $3,000 to solve what often is a $3 problem. In cities such as Los Angeles, basic ambulance transport runs about $1,100, and a recent study funded by the National Institutes of Health found that a visit to the emergency department (ED) averages more than $2,100. Read Article

Using Mobile Tech to Reinvent Healthcare

Our CEO Tom Doub sat down for an interview with Jeff Hammerbacher, co-founder and chief scientist for Cloudera, during CRI’s Knowledge Network Summit. In this 2-minute video, Jeff responds to the question: “With the emergence of new technologies what opportunities do you see for the reinvention of healthcare?” After listening, share your thoughts with us on Twitter using hashtag #CRIonMH. Use this link if you have any issues viewing the video below.

Improving Outcomes and Reducing Costs for Superutilizers

In our recent #mhTech Media Roundup, we highlighted several health apps designed to meet the needs of a variety of mental/health issues, also noting that there is still room for improvement. Some mobile apps are already making huge improvements in the cost and quality of care in treating Medicaid superutilizers – those with more than $25,000 in annual healthcare costs. CRI’s coactionHealth initiative – a clinical intervention model that integrates mHealth and data analytics into Read more…