Waypoint Health Innovations builds and markets personalized digital care programs for behavioral health disorders. Waypoint’s goal is to provide delivery systems, health plans, and self-insured employers with a standardized, measurable, and effective way to address behavioral health disorders across large patient populations.
Leveraging techniques from cognitive behavior therapy (CBT), Waypoint’s products teach individuals how to improve their health, augmenting traditional care or used independently. CBT has been shown to be an effective method of treating a wide range of disorders and to have a more durable benefit than medications.
All Waypoint programs were built in collaboration with world-renowned psychiatrists and psychologists and are based on techniques that have been tested in clinical trials. However, Waypoint does not provide medical treatment or diagnosis.
Prior to joining Waypoint, Brett held positions in product management, marketing, finance, and corporate development at AT&T Mobility, CVS Corporation and Ontyx Inc., a clinical informatics software provider. Brett earned an MBA with Honors from the University of Chicago and a BS in Engineering Science and Economics from Vanderbilt University.
Saint Francis HealthCare Partners launches ThriveFebruary 2016
Hartford, CT-based Saint Francis Healthcare Partners (SFHCP), a joint venture between 1,000 community providers and Saint Francis Hospital and Medical Center, the largest Catholic hospital in New England, has integrated Thrive, Waypoint Health Innovations’ personalized digital care program for depression, into its care model for over 100,000 patients participating in SFHCP accountable care contracts. As part of SFHCP’s strategy to integrate behavioral health into primary care protocols, Thrive is designed to help expand access to behavioral health care and help SFHCP make a significant impact on quality, outcomes and patient well-being. Ron Kimmel, MD, SFHCP Vice President and Chief Medical Officer, commented, “We are hopeful that Thrive we enable our patients who suffer from depression and are unable or unwilling to see a behavioral health specialist to benefit from Cognitive Behavioral Therapy and improve their overall health.”
BT Steps study PublishedFebruary 2015
The Annals of General Psychiatry has published the results of an NIMH-funded randomized controlled trial using BT Steps, Waypoint Health Innovations’ digital program for obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD). The study was designed to determine the effect of different levels of telephone-based coaching on symptom change and program adherence. Participants were randomized to one of three treatment arms: BT Steps with no coaching support, BT Steps with coaching from a lay (non-therapist) coach, and, and BT Steps with coaching from an expert CBT therapist. Researchers found that participants in all three arms showed a significant improvement in symptoms, and that the symptom reductions and program adherence rates for participants who did not receive coaching were not significantly different from those for participants who received coaching. Researchers commented “this is divergent from other studies that have found coaching beneficial, or even necessary, for positive treatment outcomes” with digital behavioral health interventions.
Source: Kobak KA, Greist R, Jacobi DM, Levy-Mack H, Greist JH. Computer-assisted cognitive behavior therapy for obsessive-compulsive disorder: a randomized trial on the impact of lay vs. professional coaching. Ann Gen Psychiatry. 2015 Feb 22;14:10.
Rho Inc. launches ThriveJanuary 2015
Rho Inc., a Chapel Hill, NC-based contract research organization, recently made Thrive available to its employees and their adult family members.
As with other employer engagements, the launch of Thrive at Rho is designed to make evidence-based care for stress, anxiety, and depression widely available and easily accessible in the workplace. However, offering Thrive as a resource to support general emotional wellness among employees sets this engagement apart. Rho launched Thrive as a tool to help employees recognize thoughts and behaviors that could hinder how they feel and function, regardless of whether they might be feeling depressed or anxious.
Commented Dr. Jack Modell, Rho’s Senior Medical Officer, commented “The stresses and demands of everyday life can be difficult for even the healthiest people, and all of us can benefit from learning how these affect us and from discovering healthier ways of thinking and functioning in today’s world. Given Rho’s focus on health and wellness, we were not surprised that nearly 60% of our employees have enrolled in Thrive so far, and from early feedback, most are finding it extremely engaging and helpful. We are very optimistic that the value of Thrive to our employees will be considerable.”
Watch this space for updates on the Rho engagement and other innovative applications of Thrive.
Texas Christian University launches Thrive for its studentsOctober 2014
Texas Christian University (TCU) has joined the School of the Art Institute of Chicago in making the college version of Waypoint’s Thrive program for depression and anxiety available to its undergraduate and graduate students. TCU hopes to increase the number of students seeking treatment and provide students with an additional option for evidence-based care.
TCU will initially to make Thrive available to students via its Counseling Center, with plans to expand access to its Health Center and to those students who are unwilling to seek treatment in either of these settings. Staff at the TCU Counseling and Health Centers have received training in the enrollment of students in Thrive and the support of Thrive members.
Waypoint is working closely with TCU to gather data about student engagement with Thrive and outcomes generated by the program.
The School of the Art Institute of Chicago launches college version of ThriveAugust 2014
The School of the Art Institute of Chicago (SAIC) has made the college version of Waypoint’s Thrive self-management program for depression and anxiety available to its undergraduate and graduate students. SAIC’s goal in offering Thrive is to increase the availability of evidence-based care to students.
Offered with support from a Garrett Lee Smith Campus Suicide Prevention Grant and with input from students at SAIC and New York University, the college version of Thrive features video and other content that resonates with students while preserving the usability and accessibility of the employer version of the program.
Revere Greist, VP Engagement at Waypoint Health Innovations said “We’re delighted to work with SAIC to make Thrive available to undergraduate and graduate students. We know Thrive has the potential to make a difference in students’ lives and will receive strong support from SAIC. SAIC is our launch institution for the college version of Thrive, and we plan to make this program available on other campuses in the coming months.”
Promega Corporation re-ups with Thrive after successful pilotAugust 2014
Following a successful pilot of Waypoint’s Thrive self-management program for depression, Promega Corporation of Madison, WI, has re-launched Thrive as an ongoing benefit to employees and their adult dependents.
The Promega pilot produced high engagement and satisfaction levels with Thrive and generated strong clinical and productivity results, with reduction in depression symptoms of 46% and a decrease in the impact of depression on work productivity of 27%. The Thrive pilot involved limited promotion of the program and required a minimal amount of staff support.
Ashley Anderson, Promega’s Chief Medical Officer had the following to say about Promega’s experience with and plans for Thrive: “We have been very impressed by the Thrive program. It has brought great comfort to a significant number of our employees and their family members, many of whom might not have identified or sought out treatment for their depression symptoms. We have made it a permanent part of our employee wellness program.”
The Permanente Journal Publishes Thrive TrialApril 2014
The Permanente Journal published in its April 2014 issue an article detailing the outcomes from a clinical trial conducted by Group Health Research Institute using Thrive. The trial, completed in 2012, sought to “test the feasibility of engaging depressed primary care patients not currently receiving psychotherapy and to measure the outcomes of Internet-delivered CBT with supportive coaching.”
Results showed that “Of 196 eligible patients who were sent an invitation, 39 (20%) enrolled in the Internet-delivered CBT program. At follow-up, enrolled patients experienced a clinically significant decrease (average = 46%) in depressive symptoms. Suicidal thoughts also decreased both overall and by severity.” The results were impressive considering that participants were not seeking psychotherapy and were required to provide informed consent and complete an intake questionnaire before enrolling in Thrive.
The researchers concluded that “Seamless, scalable integration of Internet delivered CBT into health care systems is feasible… Depression outcomes suggest promise for system-wide implementation of Internet-delivered CBT programs.”
Source: Whiteside, U., Julie Richards, J., Steinfeld, B., Simon, G., Caka, S., Tachibana, C., Stuckey, S., Ludman, E. (2014). Online Cognitive Behavioral Therapy for Depressed Primary Care Patients: A Pilot Feasibility Project. The Permanente Journal, 18, 21-27. http://dx.doi.org/10.7812/TPP/13-155
The Permanente Journal is a publication of Kaiser Permanente.
Waypoint launches new version of ThriveOctober 2013
We’ve just launched a new version of Thrive, our CBT program for depression! In this version, we’ve focused on reducing the amount of effort required to use the program and increasing the immediate rewards for using it. Let us know if you’re
interested in discussing how Thrive can help your organization deliver scalable care for depression.
NIMH funds BT Steps studyDecember 2010
The Center for Psychological Consultation has been awarded a $498K Phase I Small Business-Innovation Research grant by the National Institute of Mental Health to study Waypoint’s BT Steps program for obsessive compulsive disorder. Waypoint
will work with the CPC to enhance BT Steps and carry out this two-year research project.
Waypoint receives HHS/IRS GrantNovember 2010
Waypoint was awarded a grant under the Qualifying Therapeutic Discovery Project program, a facility jointly run by the
Department of Health and Human Services and the IRS, for its work in developing web-based CBT solutions for depression. Grant were awarded to healthcare companies that showed significant potential to produce new and cost-saving therapies, support jobs and increase U.S. competitiveness in key areas of the healthcare system.
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