Anxiety: New virtual mental health services

We have some new positive news today as we have another option for mental health services. I found a good article here that talks about the new platform and some of the services you can expect from it.

From the article: “We are the only company that seamlessly integrates virtual care, pharmacy and in-home care on one platform. We are uniquely positioned to serve physical and mental health, holistically, and provide affordable, high-quality mental health services,” Saman Rahmanian, co-founder and chief product officer at Ro told Fierce Healthcare in an exclusive interview. “To us, offering support for anxiety and depression is an important first step to make mental health a part of the primary care experience.”

Of course this is exactly what you would expect them to say but if we put our cynicism aside for a moment what we are getting here is a more integrated service model in one platform delivery. This is a good thing for those of us with Anxiety as we can now begin to consolidate the services we need. One of the issues around anxiety and its treatment is, in the U.S. anyway, the way our health care system works. Referrals from primary care doctors to seeing specialists to ancillary services like endocrinologists etc.

Constantly being out on a limb is stressful

It’s not unmanageable but as individuals with anxiety it is an anxiety generator. A solution that is all encompassing and accessible electronically is a great service. It may not be for you, it may be that your current doctors are not in this network or do not use this service and that’s fine you do what works for you. However, there are millions of people who suffer from anxiety and other mental illnesses that might avail themselves of this service.

If for nothing else, it allows you to dictate the investment you make. Meaning, you don’t need to get into a car and drive to 3 doctors’ offices, the pharmacy etc. It’s also a good indicator of the demand, meaning companies don’t offer products unless the demand is there. That is good and bad, its bad we have more people with anxiety, it’s good that we have companies offering more products to help combat it.

Of course there is money to be made here, let’s not be blind to the notion that companies make products to make money. That still the case here at some level but if this helps you then it’s a win. In the end we need more companies working on this huge social issue that is more prevalent now than ever. You should always do what you think is best for you. Do your research and determine what works best for you, at least now you have another option.

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