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#MobileTech Guide

A Guide to Using Mobile Tech in Behavioral Healthcare

In June 2015, in collaboration with the D.N. Batten Foundation, Centerstone Research Institute 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.

“More than 90 percent of Americans own a cell phone and 64 percent own smartphones,” said Tom Doub, PhD, CEO of Centerstone Research Institute. “Our goal is to capitalize on these widely available technologies to help make healthcare more convenient, accessible and effective for both clinicians and patients.”

With an increasing number of the more than 1.3 million Android apps and 1.2 million Apple apps being dedicated to health goals, it is imperative that healthcare organizations select and implement the right app to achieve the right outcomes. appImpact serves as a step-by-step roadmap for organizations integrating mobile technologies into care models. Beginning with identifying the patients’ needs and the organization’s goals, the framework established in appImpact helps agencies select the most effective tools.

Additionally, appImpact outlines the evaluation process for measuring apps’ effectiveness. Data gathered through the evaluation process will help organizations, and the behavioral health industry as a whole, assess the usefulness and effectiveness of particular apps and fuel their adoption in future programs.

Innovative programs, such as CRI’s coactionHealth, have proven that mHealth can improve outcomes and reduce healthcare costs. The coactionHealth clinical intervention model integrates mHealth and data analytics into a coordinated care program. By leveraging mobile technology, coactionHealth has been able to keep high-cost patients—those with more than $25,000 in annual healthcare costs—out of the hospital, reducing hospital days by 51 percent and emergency room days by 23 percent.

“There are heaps of health-related apps available on the market. Some are great but others aren’t,” Doub added. “appImpact helps providers cut through the clutter to use the best tool in the right program to effectively treat patients. These technologies are changing the behavioral healthcare landscape, and CRI’s framework and best practices help providers stay on the leading edge of mHealth solutions.”

The appImpact project was funded by generous support from the D.N. Batten Foundation. The D.N. Batten Foundation provides opportunities for more people to live healthy, fruitful lives, especially through the promotion of healthier environmental conditions and increased access to quality mental health care. It is based in Charlottesville, Virginia.

Other News

#mhTech Media Roundup – June 12, 2015
The most recent news around mental health apps shows that there is always room for improvement. This may mean coming up with innovative ways to treat mental health in poverty-stricken countries like Liberia. Or it could be re-thinking how we respond to 911 calls. There is one area where we agree. We must look at the ways we currently approach treatment and ask if those ways are the most effective.

#mhTech Media Roundup – June 5, 2015
mHealth is an exciting field and, by all accounts, a transformative force. There are many possibilities, but of course, the field is still evolving. While technology can be a sophisticated means for treating and improving mental health, concerns like usability, effectiveness and privacy issues are always in the background. The many angles used to cover mHealth in the past few weeks have made this clear.

How To Pick The Perfect App
CRI’s appImpact Guide is available for download. It’s designed to help behavioral health providers find the best app from the nearly three million apps currently available to Android and Apple iOS users. The information contained in apps isn’t regulated and there are no industry-wide evaluation guidelines, but the appImpact framework can help streamline and simplify the task of assessing behavioral care apps.

Mobile Apps: A Clinician’s Perspective
Many clinicians are intrigued by what apps have to offer, but the question remains: Will they be useful and clinically relevant in the field?

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.

AppImpact Ensures Better Outcomes, Greater Savings
There are now close to 3 million Android and Apple (iOS) apps on the market – and one research firm estimates that more than 100,000 of them are mHealth apps. This presents a tremendous opportunity in behavioral health because of the widespread use of mobile devices. A recent Pew Research study found that more than 90 percent of Americans own a cell phone – and 64 percent own smartphones.

Batten Foundation and Centerstone Research Institute Launch iThrive, Announce Competition for Game and App Developers
The D.N. Batten Foundation in partnership with Centerstone Research Institute launched iThrive, an initiative to facilitate the development of digital games and applications that promote emotional well-being among adolescents. iThrive will foster a cooperative ecosystem bringing together game developers, mental health experts, investors and donors, researchers, and youth.