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The TelePsych Alliance team is proud to introduce MindMe

The TelePsych Alliance team is proud to introduce MindMe

The TelePsych Alliance team is proud to introduce MindMe, a platform and application that makes it possible for people who are depressed and suicidal to get the support and help they need in real time.

We offered live demonstrations of this solution, which will be used in its first clinical trial at New York Presbyterian/Weill Cornell Medical College this summer.

We’ll continue to post updates to this blog and to our social pages for those who wish to follow our progress and contribute ideas.

First Real Time Communications Enabled Suicide Prevention Application at the WebRTC Summit

Partners with Kandy to build a Proof-of-Concept WebRTC cloud and intuitive application connecting people at high risk of suicide with therapists

The TelePsych Alliance, a collaborative partnership between New York Presbyterian/Cornell Medical College, Burke Medical Research Institute and Interlecta Mobile Innovations, today announced they are presenting live demonstrations of their MindMe™ platform and application at the WebRTC Summit in New York City. MindMe makes it possible for individuals at risk of depression and suicide to access self-driven treatment or professional help 24/7.

According to the CDC, more than 40,000 Americans will take their own life each year, and this incidence is on the rise. Their conditions are treatable but they are often unable to access the services that would have saved their lives. The TelePsych solution, MindMe, under development for over a year, leverages innovative psychotherapy approaches to break the cycle of suicidal thoughts and ideations in vulnerable individuals through a self-guided approach that also includes instant messaging, voice and video conversations with therapists.

The application extends the therapist-patient conversation beyond the monthly or weekly in-person visits often limited by healthcare plans.

“This system will be used in its first clinical trial at New York Presbyterian/Weill Cornell Medical College in the summer,” said Dr. Dimitris Kiosses, Associate Professor in Clinical Psychiatry at who co-developed the approach with telemedicine expert Dr. David Putrino, Assistant Professor, Department of Rehabilitation Medicine at Weill Cornell Medical College and Director of TeleMedicine and Virtual Rehabilitation at Burke Medical Research Institute. “Care for individuals at risk of suicide should be person-centered, where their personal fears, anxieties, needs, values and overall emotions become the foundation of developing a plan that integrates triggers, solutions, distractions and strategies on a daily basis.


The revolution of technology

The MindMe platform also integrates these evaluations, analyses and treatment strategies with patient video, music and literature libraries as well as accredited e-therapy mental health tools, apps and games.

Interlecta, a mobile innovation company, has worked closely with the Kandy Platform as a Service technology team to make its WebRTC readily available through its APIs and SDKs. WebRTC was developed by Google and the open source community to make it possible for people to connect through their browser – simply by touching a button.

“MindMe makes it easier for an individual to reach out to a therapist or counselor in real time, without resorting to standard telephone counseling, going to a website, or otherwise having to leave the experience they are in whether on a native mobile application or web application, Dr. Putrino said.

By leveraging WebRTC, powered by Kandy, and developed by Interlecta, communicating is contextual and immediate.

The MindMe platform is designed to record basic patient data and allow for psychiatric analysis and the establishment of a therapeutic program. It captures and logs information as patients are treated.  The application goes beyond being a simple communication device providing enhanced access to ones therapist or counselor.  The app and its underlying technology allows the patient to receive treatment through the interaction, while  the app measures the results, adapts the decision tree, suggests more therapy if needed, and only then if necessary (decided by an algorithm) suggests that the patient initiate a live session with a therapist via WebRTC.

“The information capture is secure and private, and makes it possible for the attending therapist or counselor  to not only serve the individual patient, but learn from the aggregated, privatized data which approaches are most successful – said Frank Fleming, co-founder of Interlecta. “This represents a major step forward in the behavioral health research and treatment world and one we feel honored contributing to this important initiative.

The first module for Suicide Prevention will be followed by other remote therapy programs addressing other psychiatric conditions, including anxiety and PTSD.

“The solution the TelePsych Alliance created to share as a proof of concept at WebRTC world is awesome and inspiring – said Paul Pluschkell, founder of Kandy, a division of GENBAND, a large global real time communications technology company. “The Alliance brings a deep level of expertise and vision to the challenge of being able to connect in the moment with people whose lives are at risk.