Capt James A. Lovell Federal Health Care Center (VA) Integrates LifeWIRE® Mobile Communication Technology to Increase outreach Effectiveness for Suicidal Service Members

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LifeWIRE Corp., a leading provider of health management and patient engagement solutions is honored to announce that the Capt. James A. Lovell Federal Health Care Center (VA) will be evaluating LifeWIRE’s interactive mobile messaging platform. This evaluation will explore the effects of providing interactive therapeutic messages and assessment support to service members undergoing treatment for suicidal ideation.

"Working with the Capt. James A. Lovell VA Health Care Center facility builds on LifeWIRE's growing expertise working with wounded warriors –in particular those suffering from mental health issues such as PTSD and depression."

LifeWIRE Corp., a leading provider of health management and patient engagement solutions is honored to announce that the Capt. James A. Lovell Federal Health Care Center will be evaluating LifeWIRE’s interactive mobile messaging platform. This evaluation will explore the effects of providing interactive therapeutic messages and assessment support to patients undergoing treatment for suicidal ideation.

According to Howard Rosen, MBA, CEO, LifeWIRE Corp, "Working with the Capt. James A. Lovell facility builds on our growing expertise working with wounded warriors –in particular those suffering from mental health issues such as PTSD and depression," he says. "LifeWIRE’s interactive communication platform, including automated two-way interactive messaging, will provide case managers the ability to monitor patients in real-time, and to provide more consistent follow-up care."

LifeWIRE’s automated text and email messaging protocols allow case managers to monitor a patient's status, send motivation messages, remind them to take their medications, adhere to their treatment plans, and keep their doctor appointments without human intervention.

"Within the past fifteen years, text messaging has emerged as a popular communication tool,” said Peter Lewis, Capt. James A. Lovell Federal Health Care Center psychology intern. “Some have suggested that text messaging may serve as a cue to engage in certain behaviors, as well as social reinforcement of those behaviors."

"There have been randomized controlled trials finding that short letters, brief contacts, and even postcards reduce suicide attempts and suicide," said Greg Rimoldi, Capt. James A. Lovell Federal Health Care Center suicide prevention coordinator. "New technology -- such as text messaging -- makes this form of ‘stay-in-contact’ suicide prevention extremely doable without a large expense.”

"LifeWIRE services allow medical service providers to seamlessly connect with patients. More importantly, patient/physician connections are made using equipment, technology, and services already owned by virtually every patient; their cell phone. Howard Rosen says. "Our interactive messaging platform is designed to easily be integrated and customized into the daily routine of program participants enrolled in care management programs." Rosen continues. "The LifeWIRE platform enables caregivers or their patients to keep the content of the messages timely, fresh and engaging." LifeWIRE is a patient-driven platform connecting today’s technology with today’s lifestyles.

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