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  • The collaborative care model (CoCM) has substantial support for improving behavioral health care in primary care. However, large-scale CoCM adoption relies on addressing operational and financial implementation challenges across health care settings with varying resources. An academic medical center serving socioeconomically and racially diverse patients implemented the CoCM in seven practices. A smartphone application was introduced to facilitate CoCM care management during depression treatment (app-augmented CoCM). App features included secure texting, goal/appointment reminders, symptom monitoring, and health education material. A nonrandomized convenience patient sample (N = 807) was enrolled in

  • Teletherapy meets teens where they live: On-screen Due to the coronavirus, many teens have been missing their proms, graduation ceremonies, daily routines and their friends. These missed events and social interactions are only adding to the additional stress many adolescents are facing amid the pandemic, health experts say. "A lot of my clients have been more depressed, more anxious,” said Geovany Martinez, a bilingual social worker who treats at-risk clients in New York City and Yonkers, New York. The completed article can be seen here. 

  • Carisk Partners (Carisk), a specialty risk transfer and care coordination company, and Valera Health, a digital health startup have announced a strategic partnership to deliver an intuitive behavioral healthcare experience for patients. Valera Health leverages analytics and mobile tools that monitor, engage, and connect patients with care coordination teams. As part of the partnership, Carisk plans to utilize Valera technology to provide its care coordination teams with tools to optimize care management. Carisk/Valera Health Integration Benefits Valera Health tracks outcomes longitudinally to identify clinical improvement and deterioration, consistently increasing care manager efficiency

  • BROOKLYN, N.Y., Dec. 17, 2018 /PRNewswire/ -- Emergence Health Network (EHN) and Valera Health team up to fill huge unmet needs in the Texas behavioral healthcare marketplace. EHN, a leader in community mental health in El Paso County, Texas, and Valera Health, a Brooklyn-based start-up, partner to co-develop a comprehensive virtual behavioral health program using analytics, digital cognitive behavioral tools, and enhanced communication technologies including group chat and video sessions. Utilizing a tech-enabled service model to create a virtual service line will be an innovative solution for EHN, giving better access

  • BROOKLYN, New York, Nov. 6, 2018,/PRNewswire/ -- Community Healthcare Network (CHN), a multi-site FQHC is partnering with Brooklyn-based behavioral health start-up, Valera Health, to strengthen their collaborative care management program for patients with comorbid behavioral and chronic health conditions. The use of Valera's technology to support behavioral health activation and self-care, using a smartphone-based platform that leverages data analytics, will be a novel intervention for this FQHC serving patients with high-needs and complex social conditions. Valera's technology will offer the ability to collaborate between teams and monitor patients.  Engaging patients effectively

  • NEW YORK, NY, January 22, 2018 – Brooklyn-based behavioral health startup Valera Health and Group Health Cooperative of Eau Claire have announced a partnership that will enhance behavioral health care management services for Group Health Cooperative members. Group Health Cooperative is a non-profit, member-owned cooperative and nationally recognized Health Maintenance Organization that provides high quality services to over 70,000 members of its community.   Valera Health leverages analytics and mobile tools to monitor, engage, and connect patients with care teams while supporting behavioral health self-care. The company is currently working with a number of

  • In today’s healthcare landscape, diagnoses rule. A patient diagnosed with diabetes is prescribed a regimented program aimed at improving diet and exercise and monitoring blood glucose levels. A physician treating a Medicare patient is paid based on the patient’s Diagnosis Related Group (DRG). While diagnoses help us quantify and understand diseases, they can also draw focus away from the individual being treated. In her blog post in the New York Times, Pauline W. Chen, M.D. notes, “When we know what is wrong, we sometimes stop paying such close attention to those

  • Last week, CMS announced it will start paying physicians to interpret remote monitoring data - such as from scales, blood pressure cuffs or glucometers - for 30 minutes a month. At $60 per patient per month, the reimbursement rate is relatively low. Still, it’s a promising signal from the industry that the march towards patient-centered care has begun. Over the past decade, telehealth and telemonitoring have grown at a rapid rate. An estimated 7 million people now use connected medical devices as an integral component of their care regimen, and surveys

  • One in five Americans experience a mental illness, with 60 million people affected in a given year. Treatments such as psychotherapy, medication, and care management have shown to improve the health status and functioning of people with mental illness, yet only 43% of people suffering from a mental illness receive any treatment. Most of us don’t hesitate to seek medical attention when we are suffering from a physical illness. Why is it different for mental health? Here are 3 major barriers to treatment that are unique to mental health: 1. Stigma around mental

  • Cambridge, MA - Mount Auburn Cambridge Independent Practice Association (MACIPA) and Mount Auburn Hospital are partnering with Valera Health, a digital health startup, by using new technologies to help improve engagement for patients suffering from chronic medical conditions and depression. This project will evaluate the effectiveness of a smartphone application in engaging patients suffering from chronic medical conditions such as congestive heart failure (CHF), chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) and depression. The Valera Health mobile app enables health coaches to communicate with their patients via a HIPAA-secured chat messaging or video call

  • NEW YORK, May 22, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- Montefiore Health System added a new element to patient care using Valera Health, a smartphone app and platform, supporting an integrated behavioral healthcare model that facilitates patient engagement using two-way messaging, appointment reminders, tailored educational content, and automated self-assessments. The platform alerts care managers to changes in a patient's condition that suggest the need for clinical intervention and help improve care planning. At the American Psychiatric Association annual meeting on May 23, 2017, in San Diego, Kelly Carleton, project manager of Montefiore's federally-funded Behavioral Health Integration Program (B-HIP), will

  • Measuring progress is an integral part of any behavior-change program. Any fitness trainer will tell you that if you want to increase the number of pushups you can do, the first thing is to do is start counting how many pushups you can do. Measuring progress seems like common sense - so why does behavioral healthcare still lag in measurement-based care? Researchers have validated that various treatments and medicines can improve patient outcomes when measured rigorously. In fact, the very act of measurement itself has been demonstrated to improve patient

  • Round Rock, TX., September 20, 2016 – Brooklyn-based behavioral health startup Valera Health and Tejas Health Management today announced a partnership that will enhance care models for individuals in Texas with behavioral health issues. Valera’s smartphone-based care management platform will enable Tejas and its state-wide network of providers to more effectively engage and support individuals who are experiencing mental illness. This partnership will initially focus on individuals with first breakthrough psychosis, which typically affects individuals between 18 and 35 years old.  A growing body of evidence is showing that early, intensive interventions

  • New York, NY.  August 1, 2016 –Brooklyn-based behavioral health startup Valera Health is expanding efforts to better integrate behavioral and physical health through a new multi-phase project that uses patient self-assessments and personalized tools to support recovery and wellness for people with depression and anxiety. The project, occurring in partnership with Montefiore, a leader in population health, is part of a broader strategy to leverage the latest technologies to improve patient supports and engagement, particularly for individuals with co-morbid physical and behavioral health conditions. “Valera Health is proud to collaborate with Montefiore

  • McLean Hospital, the largest psychiatric affiliate of Harvard Medical School, and emerging health tech startup Valera Health are partnering to conduct a clinical trial that will test a new digital technology to support patients with schizophrenia and bipolar disorder.