National Institute of Mental Health data shows that more than 17.3 million U.S. adults have suffered from an episode of major depression in the past year, and one in three are afflicted by an anxiety disorder. Mental health conditions often go underdiagnosed and undertreated.
People also are facing added pressures from COVID-19, which is causing isolation, fear of the virus and financial pressures.
When Milwaukee, Wisconsin-based Froedtert & the Medical College of Wisconsin health network instituted routine depression screenings with its patients, it needed options for providers to meet patients' mental health needs. It expanded its ability to deliver behavioral health services by implementing a digital health app and platform that its primary care and behavioral health caregivers can prescribe as part of a treatment program directly from their EHR workflow.
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