Web-based tool optimizes mental healthcare management
TORONTO, June 8 /CNW/ - Market research leader IDC Canada has featured
MaRS client Mensante as one of its "Ten Canadian Health Companies to Watch" in
Leading international psychiatrists, family physicians, psychologists,
work place mental health experts and mental health economists developed an
innovative web-based mental healthcare system called FeelingBetterNow(R).
FeelingBetterNow(R) uses medical best practices and anonymous access to
assist with the prevention, early diagnosis and ongoing management of
challenging mental health disorders. It is the first evidence-based
collaborative online system that directly empowers both the individual and
their physician to deliver optimum mental healthcare for common disorders
including depression, anxiety and alcoholism.
The College of Family Physicians of Canada has reviewed and approved
FeelingBetterNow(R) as a practice management tool available to assist family
physicians in patient care. The Ontario Medical Association approved the
program for its members' personal use.
Dr. Ozersky, Mensante's CEO, was selected by the Canadian Association of
Health Informatics as recipient of the 2008 Community Physician Leader and
Innovator of the Year Award. The award was presented by the Canadian Medical
Major Canadian corporations, health authorities, member organizations,
insurers and universities including: ArcelorMittal Dofasco, Ontario Teachers
Insurance Plan, TD Bank Financial Group, Healthcare Benefit Trust, Fraser
Health Authority, B.C. Provincial Health Services Association and University
of British Columbia Faculty of Medicine offer FeelingBetterNow(R) to their
members, insureds, employees and their family members. The program covers over
500,000 individuals and their families.
"FeelingBetterNow(R) incorporates the most current treatment options,
accelerates our ability to make a diagnosis, and enhances patient compliance,"
said Dr. Elliott Halparin, former President of the Ontario Medical
Association. "As a family physician, whose patients are users of the system, I
have found that FeelingBetterNow(R) is exactly what the doctor ordered."
FeelingBetterNow(R) offers troubled employees a simple and anonymous way
to get help. "I think it's a hell of a tool," says John Mayberry, past CEO of
the year and former CEO of Dofasco.
"The services and expertise provided to TD - as we integrated Feeling
Better Now(R) in our suite of tools offered to support our employees with
mental health needs - have been invaluable," said Jocelyne Achat, VP, Employee
Relations at TD Bank Financial Group.
"MaRS has been instrumental in helping us translate a university-based
innovation into a commercial product with a global reach," said Dr. Ozersky.
"Their assistance in strategic planning, extending introductions and growing
our network has been invaluable in advancing the business."
About Mensante Corporation
Mensante Corporation (www.feelingbetternow.com) is a privately owned
Canadian corporation, founded in 2003. The Toronto-based company developed
FeelingBetterNow(R) with the assistance of leading Canadian and American
psychiatrists, psychologists, family physicians, a mental health economist,
and work place mental health-care experts. FeelingBetterNow(R) is a valuable
benefit for many, including insurance companies, employers, government
agencies, professional associations, family physicians, patients and their
families. The National Quality Institute of Canada has a strategic partnership
with Mensante Corporation to bring the tool to as many Canadians as possible.
MaRS (www.marsdd.com) is a non-profit innovation centre connecting
science, technology and social entrepreneurs with business skills, networks
and capital to stimulate innovation and accelerate the creation and growth of
successful Canadian enterprises.
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