Are caregivers ready for digital?

That is the title of a paper published today with my co-authors Felicia Forma, Kevin Chiu, Jason Shafrin, Dusica Hadzi Boskovic, and S Phani Veeranki. The subtitle is: Caregiver preferences for health technology tools to monitor medication adherence among patients with serious mental illness. The paper abstract is below: Background Adherence to antipsychotic medication is…

Health insurance churn among patients with schizophrenia

For any patients–but especially those with neurodevelopmental illnesses such as schizophrenia–have a consistent ‘medical home’ is vital for continuity of care. However, having consistent access to provider who know your medical history may be challenging if you frequently switch health insurance. “Insurance churn” is defined a patients who either transition between health plans or transition…

Adoption of Digital Health Technologies in the Practice of Behavioral Health

This is the title of a paper published today with co-authors Suepattra May, Caroline Huber, Meaghan Roach, Wade Aubry, Darius Lakdawalla, John Kane, and Felicia Forma. The subtitle is “Qualitative Case Study of Glucose Monitoring Technology“. The abstract is below. Background: Evaluation of patients with serious mental illness (SMI) relies largely on patient or caregiver…

Economics of mental health

Pharmafile has an interesting article on the “Economics of Mental Health”.  The article has a number of interesting statistics: The cost: “Mental health issues have been estimated to cost the world economy $2.5 trillion each year. To put that into perspective, the United Kingdom’s gross domestic product (GDP) was $2.6 trillion in 2017.” Costs extend…