Amerigroup Washington recently partnered with mHealth vendor myStrength — which bills (and trademarks) itself as “the health club for your mind” — to help patients manage anxiety, depression, and substance abuse. The health care provider seeks to help “improve health care access and quality for approximately 140,000 Washington citizens by developing innovative care management programs and services.”
This collaboration is meant to give at-home, medical app-based solutions to mental care for customers. After all, one in every four people has a mental illness, yet 70 percent don’t seek treatment. And studies have shown encouraging results for other depression apps.
With the partnership, members of Amerigroup can download the myStrength app which combines evidence-based psychotherapy models with personalized suggestions for wellness assessment eLearning, mood tracking, relaxation, and motivational videos from experts. There is also a community component to the app that’s meant to assure users that others are going through the same thing.
“Amerigroup Washington brings a ‘whole person’ approach to care, and is committed to ensuring that our members have expanded access to high-quality service and integrated healthcare,” Amerigroup Washington Medical Director Dr. Tanya Dansky said in a press release, adding, “The collaboration between Amerigroup Washington and myStrength seeks to address access challenges by increasing our members’ access to digital behavioral health self-care to improve their emotional health and well-being.”
Washington ranks 30 out of the 50 states in the prevalence of mental illness while neighboring Oregon ranks 49 according to Mental Health America. Together, perhaps, Amerigroup and myStrength can help while at the same time showing the importance mobile technology has on mental health.