Treating Depression and Bipolar Disorder

A network of leading medical practices and institutions across several states is using our online tool to improve treatment of mood disorders.

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Overview

Nearly 10 percent of the population suffers from a mood disorder, and many do not receive care. Our learning health system is helping clinicians ensure more people suffering from depression or bipolar disorder are getting the care they need. Some of the most respected institutions are using the system, including Mayo Clinic, Johns Hopkins University, and the University of Michigan.

Our Approach

We partnered with the National Network of Depression Centers to create a clinical program to improve patient care for people suffering from mood disorders. Central to the program is a web-based system we developed that enables the Network’s 22 centers of excellence and three associate members to consistently use four common assessment tools to diagnose depression or bipolar disorder. This is the first program to use a common language when screening for mood disorders. During each visit, patients fill out the four self-assessments; the clinician then reviews the assessment before each visit, and information from any previous self-assessment the patient provided. The system also provides clinicians with the latest scientific evidence in clinical treatment of mood disorders.

Results

Since the program launched in 2015, approximately 8,000 patients across nine leading medical clinics have been enrolled in the system. Patient enrollment is predicted to exceed 10,000 by the end of 2018, and to reach 25,000 or more within the next several years. Data from the system will also be used to facilitate large-scale, longitudinal, multi-site studies, which are needed to identify predictors of risk and resilience that can eventually lead to the development of early intervention and prevention strategies for depression and bipolar disorders.

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Emily Ehrlich

Emily Ehrlich - MPH, PMP

Deputy Director, Behavioral Health

Areas of Expertise
  • Practice Transformation
  • Substance Use Disorder Prevention
  • Quality Improvement & Clinical Decision Support
Emily has more than 20 years of experience in health care policy and research, including directing a program funded by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services to educate and train 4,000 primary care and behavioral health providers in depression screening and responsible opioid prescribing. Emily has a master’s degree in health behavior and health education, a bachelor’s degree in psychology, and is a certified Project Management Professional.