Implementing an innovative suite of mobile applications for depression and anxiety.

Period of Performance: 07/10/2017 - 04/30/2018


Phase 2 SBIR

Recipient Firm

Actualize Therapy, LLC
Principal Investigator


Abstract There has been considerable excitement about the potential for technology to help overcome many of the access barriers to treatment for mental health problems. While a large number of randomized controlled trials have demonstrated the potential efficacy of these interventions, attempts to implement and sustain these tools in care and service settings has proven challenging. This project will optimize IntelliCare, an innovative suite of mobile apps for patients with depression and anxiety, specifically for implementation in an integrated primary care setting. The team will employ a User Centered Design approach to align the apps with clinical workflow, and to enhance their usability by both patients and staff. Collaboration with this diverse group of stakeholders will also result in a comprehensive Implementation Plan designed to address the organizational and attitudinal barriers that could prevent the apps from being adopted in clinical practice. Next, we plan to conduct an effectiveness trial comparing the use of the mobile app suite to treatment as usual in a large integrated primary care clinic. In addition to assessing the impact of these apps on symptoms of depression and anxiety, we will assess their cost effectiveness, as well as their usability for patients, providers and administrators. Although this research project will contribute to the empirical literature on behavioral intervention technologies, its primary purpose is to support various aspects of the commercialization plan, including implementation of the system at scale in large integrated health care systems. .