We believe the enhanced user experience establishes 1-800-Therapist.com as a leading resource for trusted behavioral health information, enabling patients to make more informed decisions and actively participate in managing their health.
Austin, TX (PRWEB) April 03, 2012
Austin, TX 1-800-Therapist, Inc. announced today the launch of 1-800-Therapist.com’s health video integration. In addition to 1-800-Therapist’s appointment management capabilities, Release 7.0 renders a superior user experience, combining both text and video content, designed to empower more effective doctor – patient conversations.
With the new site’s integration of Health Guru’s best-in-class health video content with doctor-reviewed behavioral health news from dailyRx, patients can interact with relevant, actionable content across multiple channels.
Joshua Silberstein, CEO of Health Guru added, “The 1-800-Therapist video integration is one of the most forward thinking and comprehensive we’ve worked on – it provides an elegant solution to the patient by seamlessly integrating traditional text information with rich video content.”
“We believe the enhanced user experience establishes 1-800-Therapist.com as a leading resource for trusted behavioral health information, enabling patients to make more informed decisions and actively participate in managing their health,” said Donald Hackett, CEO of 1-800-Therapist, Inc.
The 1-800-Therapist.com 7.0 new capabilities include:
- Easy-to-understand news from dailyRx.com
- Fully-integrated health videos from Health Guru
- Medications education center
- Enhanced social media integration including Facebook, Twitter and Google+
“1-800-Therapist’s pre-appointment audience is action-oriented,” said Hackett. “Whether searching for relevant health information or a local behavioral health provider, these patients need access to timely, accurate information.”
According to Manhattan Research’s Cybercitizen Health® v8.0 study, these “Pre-Visit Patients”—individuals who are online and searching for health information prior to a scheduled physician appointment—are 1.7 times more likely than eHealth consumers to discuss information found online with their doctor. “A well-informed patient makes each ‘ten-minute’ doctor appointment more productive," said Hackett.
Russell Ricci, MD, Chief Medical Officer added,“ 1-800-Therapist’s redesigned digital presence marks a step forward in achieving the company’s mission of empowering doctors to reduce the cost of health care delivery by 5%. 1-800-Therapist is transforming the 'digital front door’, fully integrating patient education into appointment management services.”
According to the Surgeon General, an estimated 23% of American adults –about 44 million people—suffer from a diagnosable mental disorder in a given year. Major depression, bipolar disorder, schizophrenia, and obsessive-compulsive disorder are among the 10 leading causes of disability in the United States. Mental disorders account for nearly 25 million annual doctors visits and cost the US nearly $150 billion each year in mental health services and lost productivity due to death or disability.
Since 1994, 1-800-Therapist has connected over one million prospective patients with behavioral health providers. 1-800-Therapist enables patients to easily find and speak with board-certified psychiatrists, psychologists and behavioral health therapists in their area. 1-800-Therapist is a member-only network that connects behavioral health care professionals with prospective patients ready to begin treatment, empowering providers to effectively convert phone calls into new patients. 1-800-Therapist, Inc. is a wholly owned subsidiary of Patient Conversation Media, Inc.
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