SANTA BARBARA, Calif., Jan. 26, 2015 /PRNewswire/ -- Mobile technology has transformed the way people conduct their daily lives, and now it has emerged within the mental healthcare arena as a disruptive concept that improves how therapists provide care. The public television series, Leading Edge, features this topic in its latest episode with a segment about SelfEcho's Mobile Therapy, www.mobiletherapy.com, a new mobile platform on the forefront of this trend. The episode will begin airing in late January on major, national networks and public television stations nationwide. Segment highlights can be viewed here.
SelfEcho recently launched the Mobile Therapy system to transform how clinicians track patient progress in between therapy visits with the goal of improving outcomes. The new mobile mental health platform provides a web-based dashboard and mobile application that collects patient data on an ongoing, voluntary basis that clinicians can utilize to monitor progress, accelerate diagnoses and enhance patient treatment. In addition, the Mobile Therapy system provides practice management tools for clinicians, such as integrated reporting and note-taking features.
Daniel Gilbert, Ph.D., professor of psychology at Harvard University and author of "Stumbling on Happiness," serves as SelfEcho's senior scientific director and played an integral role in developing Mobile Therapy. When interviewed for the Leading Edge segment, he commented, "Up until now, therapists have had to rely upon what their clients tell them when they're in the office. Starting now with Mobile Therapy, therapists have access to what their clients were really thinking, feeling and doing when they weren't being seen."
SelfEcho's Mobile Therapy collects real-time patient data in a scientifically validated manner and analyzes it using 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. In full compliance with HIPAA requirements, Mobile Therapy collects data actively and passively using smartphone sensors, experience sampling surveys and third-party sources. Mobile Therapy is the exclusive licensee of the linguistic analysis technology LIWC, based on 20 years of research stemming from Professor James W. Pennebaker's work at the University of Texas at Austin.
Over time, clinicians can view metrics from Mobile Therapy's centralized dashboard that enables them to more efficiently diagnose, empirically track patient progress, identify triggers and make more informed decisions about treatment planning. The dashboard also provides clinicians with HIPAA-compliant note-taking tools and other features to digitize administrative duties of mental health practitioners.
"SelfEcho provides a unique means of communication between client and clinician," comments Dr. Shari Kim, Ph.D., C.A.A.D.C. a licensed psychologist for outpatient services at York, Pa.-based TrueNorth Wellness Services. "Clinicians are able to assist clients in identifying trends that affect mood, clients are provided with a quick, easy, and user-friendly method of communicating daily fluctuations in areas of struggle."
According to a recent national survey commissioned by SelfEcho, mental health practitioners believe mobile technology applications geared to mental healthcare treatment have the ability to improve patient care and practice management. More than half of survey respondents (66 percent) believe that being able to obtain additional data on clients using mobile technology would improve their ability to treat them. Furthermore, 68 percent of clinicians surveyed felt that integrating additional data from apps for mental health tracking into therapy practices would help clinicians advance their profession.
Clinicians can use Mobile Therapy by visiting www.mobiletherapy.com where they can sign up for the service through a simple registration process. Mobile Therapy offers a free trial for 60 days. Once they are formally enrolled, clinicians pay a monthly fee of $50 per month or an annual fee of $480, enabling them to enroll an unlimited number of patients.
Based in Santa Barbara, Calif., SelfEcho www.selfecho.com applies technology in creative ways to enhance well-being, mental health and productivity. SelfEcho's suite of products includes Mobile Therapy, a web-based platform designed to empower clinicians to provide better patient care and UpJoy (www.upjoy.org), a web-based application designed to exercise positivity with curated, positive media tailored to user preferences. Its founders and employees are committed to the bridging the gap between clinical experts within the field of psychology and the business sphere. SelfEcho's management team includes accomplished experts in psychology and award-winning entrepreneurs. SelfEcho is a project incubated and funded through the Santa Barbara start-up incubator, Noospheric.
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