Mobile Therapy Closes Gap Between Patients and Mental Health Providers

Source: Tech Cocktail

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Mobile Therapy is an app that was created to help mental health professionals fill in the gap with what happens between sessions with patients. Say you only meet with your therapist once a week, which is probably average for people who are actively in therapy. Well, a lot can go on in a week. How many of us can remember what we had for lunch yesterday, let alone how we were feeling on Wednesday versus Thursday and what contributing factors might have been in place at that time.

Mobile Therapy was created because human memory is inherently fallible. It allows patients to enter information throughout the week via prompts from the app with questions or short surveys. By capturing empirical data about the patient’s well-being, clinicians and patients  can work together to better identify triggers, track progress, monitor medications and compliance, and improve outcomes.

We asked CEO Jacques Habra some things about his attitude as an entrepreneur and where he sees his company heading.

How do you define success?

“True success includes happiness and purpose. Most entrepreneurs are focused on quantitative factors like revenue, profit, adoption rates, retention, scalability, etc. The real definition of success must begin with a self-knowledge that leads to a clear purpose. Once you have that purpose, you will enjoy the challenge of execution. Growing a startup you believe in and feel passion towards is so much easier than just trying to hit numbers. Attitude is hands down the most critical factor to success and if you know yourself and your purpose, you will be much more likely to bring a positive and productive attitude to the team.”

How do you try to teach young entrepreneurs?

“Empowering young entrepreneurs with real responsibility and authority is the best motivator. I also find that holding entrepreneurs accountable is critical to motivation. We learn so much more from failure than success and every day is an opportunity to teach constructively what could have been done better. The time and energy spent striking the balance between empowerment and accountability is worth the investment.”

Habra is particularly excited about the way in which healthcare is becoming more patient-centric with patients having more control over their treatment. Mobile devices have made it easier than ever for individuals to access proper healthcare and narrow the gap in how information is obtained by health professionals.

He has some ambitious goals for the future of his company. The team hopes to one day provide instantaneous, organic treatment, and also to create a platform where pain or behavior can be predicted based on patterns from the data they’ve collected. He strongly believes that health is an individual’s most important asset and that Mobile Therapy could eventually help improve human well-being universally.

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