Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine is one of the nation's’ top integrated healthcare organizations. Benjamin & Bond worked with researchers and clinicians from the university and its hospitals in Baltimore, Maryland.
The drastic deficit of behavioral health specialists in the United States forces many patients with depression to be treated by their primary care provider. Primary care providers report being ill prepared to adequately manage depression patients—but they do it because they have to.
Primary care providers report that they typically prescribe the same one or two medications that they are familiar with. As a result, 40% of patients who take an antidepressant have a negative experience with the first medication they try. The secondary side effects cause their condition to worsen, in turn resulting in a rise in emergency department visits and hospital admissions.
Together, we created an application that helps providers engage their patients in a dialogue about the 100+ potential side effects associated with antidepressant medications. Our algorithm processes patient input and delivers ranked medication recommendations to the provider. The application reduces the likelihood of a negative medication experience and prevents the downstream costs associated with emergency department visits and admissions. Most importantly, depression patients will begin to feel well more quickly.