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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.

CRI to Present at OPEN MINDS Strategy & Innovation Institute

CRI experts will discuss mobile health and data warehouse initiatives reshaping behavioral healthcare
Centerstone Research Institute (CRI), a not-for-profit organization dedicated to improving behavioral healthcare through research and information technology, will present outcomes and insights from the breakthrough coactionHealth clinical intervention model and its National Data Warehouse at the 2015 OPEN MINDS Strategy & Innovation Institute. The OPEN MINDS executive event, which is being held June 16-18, 2015, at the Sheraton (French Quarter) in New Orleans, La., will convene leaders to explore the latest service delivery, financing and technology developments in behavioral healthcare. Read More

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.

coactionHealth Initiative Expands to Three States

Innovative mHealth project by Centerstone Research Institute, Ginger.io and Verizon grows with support from a national payor, will continue to leverage smart phones and data analytics to make treatment of high-cost patients more efficient and effective Read More

CRI, Ginger.io and Verizon Partner to Solve Healthcare’s Superutilizer Challenge

CRI, Ginger.io and Verizon have combined their expertise in behavioral healthcare, analytics and mobile technology to launch a new program – coactionHealth – aimed at helping people with complex mental and physical health conditions better manage their health and significantly reduce healthcare costs. Read More


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…