Prevail at Brain Trust
April 22, 2016
Washington, DC – From April 20-21, Prevail Founder and CEO Richard Gengler, attended Brain Trust: Pathways to Innovation hosted by the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA). Gengler served the nation as an F-18 Navy Pilot. The VA is the country’s largest medical research organization and is gathering leaders of brain health. The event is designed to “promote forward-thinking dialogue and innovative collaboration among private industry, national/professional sports organizations, the Federal government, innovators, scientists, athletes, clinicians, care-givers, and Veterans.”
There are several areas where Prevail hopes to expand cooperation with the VA:
- Telehealth: currently there are more Prevail users asking about the potential to connect through a skype-like connection in times of higher need. Prevail has already started to prepare technology around this.
- Transition Assistance Program (TAP): all Veterans coming back to the country go through this program. This is an ideal time for Prevail’s technology to screen, assess risk, and start proactively providing care whenever and wherever needed.
- Trained Peer Specialists: Prevail worked with the VA to create a robust training program around the peer-to-peer functionality. All peers on Prevail’s platform must go through and graduate from the training. As Prevail is being delivered nationally, expanded use of this model could help provide more care to those in need.
Many medical innovations begin in the military often out of sheer necessity. Prevail is no different. Whereas other healthcare systems can continue to look another way for behavioral health, the VA is responsible for the lifetime care of Veterans and the outcomes drew a need to make a change.
From almost the very beginning, Prevail has partnered with the Veterans Administration to build and validate its low-cost, clinically proven digital behavioral health treatment. Prevail ran an initial clinical trial with the VA that was published in its journal. Next, Prevail completed a nationwide pilot showing that its technology could reach some of the hardest people to reach – Veterans. This all went well leading to a ‘gold standard’ randomized controlled trial (RCT).
The findings of the RCT showed roughly equivalent clinical effectiveness as face-to-face care with findings published in the Journal of Consulting and Clinical Psychology.
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