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Therapy in a Digital World

Without the right insights, can we objectively measure and improve therapeutic results? Digitization is brings personalization, security, and efficacy to mental health care.

Is psychotherapy failing us? If you dig enough online, you’ll find varying stats on the success rate of psychotherapy. That’s because the way we measure effectiveness has largely been contended among professionals and researchers.

Without the right insights, how can we objectively measure efficacy in care and improve therapeutic methods?

Why are we taking shots in the dark with mental health care?

In this post, we’ll point out issues around communication and individualization, and how digital therapeutics platforms are tackling these issues to help drive efficacious therapeutic outcomes.

The Issues Affecting Outcomes in Therapy

Therapy isn’t perfect. Aside from the (dying out) anti-therapy stigma that has kept people suffering in silence, therapy itself is known to be somewhat flawed.

The Issue of Under-Personalization in Therapy

To state the obvious, not everyone who needs help and healing benefits from the status quo in therapy.

There has never been a one-size-fits-all option in therapy. In fact, it’s hard to generalize “therapy” in one word, with all the various indications, treatment options, and specialists. But in terms of personalization, we’re sure you’ll agree that personalization could be stronger. With people in need of care grossly outnumbering trained professionals, how can we bring individualized treatment options to mental health care?

A network? A cloud? A database? An integration?  

Is it that easy?

Where Are the Gaps in Therapy?

Attached to the need for individualization in therapy, communication routes can improve care drastically for both clinicians and their clients.  

Patients can’t always communicate what they need to in order to describe their status. Oftentimes, they just don’t know. They arrive in therapy hoping a clinician can map out their trauma and steer them to feeling differently.  

Along with that, clinicians lack access to patient information. To no fault of their own, trained professionals have to make do with gaps in the communication of information that could be crucial to healing is sometimes lost somewhere between and even within sessions.  

There’s a world of untapped internal signals that clinicians lack access to, which could give them the power to alter and improve healing journeys.  

Aside from in the patient-therapist relationship, gaps exist between mental health professionals, including clinicians and researchers. Without a network, the industry suffers from disparities in care in terms of in the protocols that are proven effective.  

Understanding Digital Therapeutics

Technological developments aim to correct for issues including communication gaps and personalization.

Digital therapeutics provide evidence-based therapeutic interventions to drive outcomes in therapy.

Digital therapeutics can improve mental health care by digitizing patient data from internal signals, language, sentiment, heart rate, and onboarding records. Imagine having everything you need to improve your practice, all in the same place, without having to worry about security or oversight.

Technology in this space, such as MINDCURE’s iSTRYM platform, provides clinicians with a global database of treatment protocols, a dashboard for patient records, and a direct connection to patients being onboarded, undergoing therapy, and integrating therapeutic practices into their daily lives.

iSTRYM integrates its partnership with Speak Ai to effectively collect and analyze data and offer AI-driven interventive suggestions. It also enables therapists to curate music that ushers patients through their healing journey.  

Data is a mental health care professional’s best friend. It supports diagnoses and decisions around treatment options. It enables clinicians to see what’s working and what’s not. But data needs to exist somewhere that’s accessible and usable to help direct care. By digitizing protocols and user data, clinicians can access insights beyond their current toolkits.

Technology has come a long way. It’s time we took advantage of the developments that platforms offer in the mental health space. Better tools lead to more direct data, deeper insights, and stronger care overall.

Written by

Kaleb Stropkovics