The amount of technology-enabled support in mental health care is minimal. The field needs to implement novel technologies to serve the increasing demand for treatment. We are not simply talking about EHR or administrative software – we are talking about bridging the gap between state-of-the-art statistical models (currently developed in the ivory towers of academia) and clinical practice. In essence, we want to improve the quality of mental health treatment by leveraging the full power of data.
The software is intended to be used by mental health practitioners (psychiatrists, psychologists, therapists and counsellors) and clinical managers. Sophie will make it possible for them to implement measurement-based care into their practice effortlessly.Measurement-based care has been proven to increase treatment effectiveness and improve patient outcomes (Jensen-Doss et al., 2018). However, less than 20% of clinicians use it. We believe this is because the platforms are hard to use and they do not easily integrate into current clinical workflows. Sophie incorporates a data collection process outside of session hours based on short and engaging questionnaires that the patients answer directly on their smartphone. Responses are then analyzed and displayed intuitively in the web app - such that practitioners can keep track of their patients, personalize treatment and target interventions more effectively without disrupting their workflow.
What I'll do with $5,000
- $2,500 for The What If Fellowship: an 8-week mental health startup accelerator program.- $2,500 for a used car (we just arrived to the US from Mexico and Turkey and we don't have a car. Now that we finished the MVP, we need to visit potential customers and sell the product directly, and not having a car is limiting us -we already found a 2009 Chevrolet Cobalt in Flint, MI that can do the trick).
Born and raised in Mexico City, BS in Psychology in Mexico, Master's from the University of Amsterdam. I'm the co-funder of a mental health startup in Grand Rapids.
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