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Jefferson Health partnered with startup NeuroFlow for this mental health platform

The mobile-friendly platform will extend medical care to the patients at 20 of the hospital system's locations between visits.

Adam Pardes, NeuroFlow COO, at the Smart Health Innovation Lab in Lancaster. (Courtesy photo)

Jefferson Health announced Tuesday morning that it has developed a new digital platform focused on mental health along with NeuroFlow, a healthcare technology startup.

The digital platform will facilitate health care management for patients in between traditional office visits. Physicians will be able to do a number of things remotely, like assign a survey to their patient, set a reminder or encourage mindfulness and meditation sessions.

The data collected is sent to the care team to review for outlier behavior or struggles with treatment, Jefferson Health said in a statement. The platform will be rolled out at 20 locations across the Jefferson Health enterprise, including at primary care, OBGYN and behavioral health facilities.

Jefferson Health said a growing concern for postpartum mothers’ mental health and a widespread scope of anxiety and depression spurred the partnership and platform development.

NeuroFlow, cofounded in 2016 by CEO Christopher Molaro and COO Adam Pardes, raised a few million over the last few years to scale up its team and test its original product, a cloud-based patient engagement platform that’s been used by over 450 individual mental health practitioners and hospital systems, according to the company. (It’s also #7 on Philly’s 2019 realLIST of Philly startups to watch.)

Molaro, who served in the U.S. Army for five years and spent a year in Iraq, told last year that the company’s been able to tap into the pool of resources for veteran entrepreneurs.

“Any time there’s a news report about suicides or someone suffering from depression, it tears at my heartstrings,” Molaro said. “Psychology is a field that hasn’t been substantially disrupted in a century, and people think of it as someone laying in a couch and talking. That’s not the way it needs to be.”

Stephen K. Klasko, president of Thomas Jefferson University and CEO of Jefferson Health, said integrating mental and physical health is “critical.”

“We can reinforce the vital link between physical and mental health and ensure patients are more engaged,” he said. “It will deliver better outcomes and reduce the administrative burden placed on our providers.”

Companies: Thomas Jefferson University / NeuroFlow

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