Improving Access to Behavioral Healthcare: Themes and Resources from TAG Digital Health Society
Updated: Mar 31
Dr. Nick Allen was honored to join a panel of esteemed panelists on March 17th to discuss technology-enabled behavioral health. This event brought to light several thought-provoking themes and insightful resources, which are highlighted below. The conversation centers on a shared mission of Health Equity, especially in treating mental health on par physical health, as well as a shared optimism for progress with increased adoption of digital solutions Please be sure to review our discussion points, resources, and learn about our fellow panel members and moderator!
Emerging themes from the discussion
Better engagement is critical to improving behavioral health; techniques like people-centered design with a recovery focus can help yield solutions that people will want to use
More focus is needed on ensuring evidence-based treatments are embedded in the rapidly growing number of digital behavioral health innovations
Digital innovation has created unprecedented, immediate access to peer support, with invaluable benefits to both the recipient and the peer specialist
Data collection and ongoing assessment should be central to any digital behavioral health tool or system to enable continuous improvement and evidence-based, high-quality care
Value-based care is crucial to aligning the incentives for the adoption of digital behavioral health tools
Destigmatizing behavioral health needs to continue to be a priority in order for access challenges to be overcome and full scale to be achieved
Additional resources and articles on behavioral health
A new article and accompanying video – “Unlocking whole person care through behavioral health” and “The future of behavioral health”
A new interactive tool, “Tracking US behavioral health service use during COVID-19” in partnership with McKinsey’s COVID Response Center (CRC), and an accompanying infographic, “Insights on utilization of behavioral health services in the context of COVID-19”
About our Fellow Panelists
Nicholas Allen, Ph.D. is the Ann Swindells Professor of Clinical Psychology at the University of Oregon, and the Co-Founder and CEO of our company, Ksana Health Inc. He is a leading researcher and clinician in the area of youth mental health, known especially for his work on the causes and treatment of adolescent onset depression.
Erica Hutchins Coe is the leader of McKinsey & Company’s Center for Societal Benefit through Healthcare. Erica leads McKinsey’s ongoing efforts to invest in issues deeply relevant to society, such as social determinants of health, rural health, maternal health, and behavioral health—including improving care delivery for mental and substance use disorders.
Thomas Insel, M.D. is a psychiatrist and neuroscientist, and is a national leader in mental health research, policy, and technology. From 2002-2015, Dr. Insel served as Director of the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH). Since May 2019, he has been a special advisor to California Governor Gavin Newsom and Chair of the Board of the Steinberg Institute in Sacramento, California.
Josh Spitalnick, Ph.D., ABPP is a Licensed Psychologist, an anxiety and OCD expert, and Board Certified (AABP) in Behavioral and Cognitive Psychology. He is the Clinical Director and Owner of Anxiety Specialists of Atlanta, an innovative outpatient practice specializing in Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy (CBT), evidence-based interventions, and exposure therapy for anxiety disorders.