InfoMC Acquires Peer Coaching Tool from DBSA
MyRecoveryPlanProvides Online and Social Media Personal Education and Monitoring Resources
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August 22, 2012 – Conshohocken PA – InfoMC, a leading provider of process improvement technology for healthcare organizations, announced today that it has acquired the intellectual property rights to MyRecoveryPlan, a peer support tool developed by the Depression and Bipolar Support Alliance (DBSA) in Chicago, Illinois.
MyRecoveryPlan is a consumer-facing portal that will provide InfoMC clients the ability to offer online peer support services to their members. The software offers a range of standardized tools and resources to help inform, educate, engage, and empower consumers. These are provided in an easy-to-use online environment that enables recovery plan creation and monitoring, social networking, and promotes peer coaching and support.
The program is based on the premise that mental health recovery means finding hope that life can change for the better by setting and accomplishing goals, overcoming stigma, learning to minimize the negative effects of illness, and being a full partner in medical or mental health treatment. It was developed collaboratively by DBSA and researchers at the Group Health Research Institute in Seattle and supported by a research grant from the US National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH).
DBSA President Allen Doederlein says, “We are delighted to join forces with InfoMC and get this tool out to a broad user base. InfoMC is an organization with a real commitment to the health and well-being of their clients and the individuals they serve. With InfoMC as a partner, DBSA looks forward to expanding the reach of critical services and resources to the millions of people seeking mental health and overall wellness.”
A number of services and tools are embedded in MyRecoveryPlan. These include, but are not limited to, interactive educational information (text, slide shows, video testimonials) about the concept of recovery and creation of a recovery plan; tools to create, store, and update a personal recovery plan; tools to support self-monitoring of recovery progress and warning signs; and community discussions using chat rooms and discussion groups. Personal online coaching from a certified peer specialist will also be available.
Kathy McAleer, Vice President of Product Strategy for InfoMC, is excited about the new product and the extended capabilities it will bring to their clients. “We believe that online peer coaching and support has the potential to increase both the effectiveness and efficiency of the peer coaching process. There is evidence to support increased engagement when peer coaching is complemented with a standardized online tool set. MyRecoveryPlan will be deployed through the InfoMC platform and can be customized to fit a full range of coaching models and organizations,” she says.
For organizations that are new to peer support services and coaching, InfoMC can help them develop training and certification for their coaches. InfoMC looks forward to helping managed care plans, commercial health plans, integrated delivery systems, inpatient hospital facilities, employee assistance programs, and consumer-run organizations make this important and valuable recovery tool available to their respective constituencies.
InfoMC has been developing and perfecting collaborative healthcare process management technology for commercial and public sector markets for nearly 20 years. Some of the largest, most-respected names in managed care, behavioral health, and employee assistance programs, as well as state and local governments, use InfoMC technology to run their businesses. InfoMC’s comprehensive software includes robust transaction processing, proactive care management, consumer engagement, and advanced analytics and business intelligence. Products for managing and coordinating care include Incedo™, Incedo ProviderConnect, InfoMC INTERACTIVE and InfoMC Data Adapter. These products work independently or combined to form exceptional healthcare management and wellness solutions and are powered by InfoMC’s cutting-edge G70™ Platform, a new healthcare software accelerator. (www.infomc.com)
The Depression and Bipolar Support Alliance (DBSA) was founded in 1985 and is the leading patient-directed national organization focusing on the two most prevalent mental health conditions, depression and bipolar disorder, which affect more than 21 million Americans, account for 90% of the nation’s suicides every year, and cost $23 billion in lost workdays and other workplace losses. DBSA’s peer-based, wellness-oriented, and empowering services and resources are available when people need them, where they need them, and how they need to receive them—online 24/7, through its more than 700 support groups nationwide, in audio and video casts, and in printed materials distributed by DBSA, our chapters, and mental health care facilities across America. DBSA’s prestigious Scientific Advisory Board (SAB) is comprised of the leading researchers and clinicians in the field of mood disorders.