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Phreesia's Digital Depression Screening Improves Early Detection and Drives Better Healthcare Outcomes in Medical Practices
Date:10/6/2011

NEW YORK, Oct. 6, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Phreesia, the patient check-in company, proudly supports National Depression Screening Day, which aims to raise awareness about the importance of screening individuals for depression and related mood and anxiety disorders. According to the National Institute of Mental Health, depressive disorders affect approximately 18.8 million Americans over the age of 18; only 20 percent of those who develop depression receive adequate treatment. As such, in 2009, the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force prioritized depression screenings in adult patients to encourage early detection and to decrease depression-related morbidity and mortality. Phreesia simplifies the screening process for medical practices by using an electronic, patient self-service version of the Personal Health Questionnaire (PHQ-9), which ensures proper patient assessment, improves clinical care and saves staff time. Phreesia's version of the PHQ-9 has been shown to save up to 45 minutes of work per patient, and comes at no additional cost to practices.

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Phreesia, which replaces the patient clipboard with its wireless, touchscreen PhreesiaPad, digitizes the traditional depression screening—a time-consuming and labor-intensive process. Phreesia is programmed to utilize validated algorithms to automatically administer the PHQ-9 to appropriate patients during check-in, and immediately scores their responses. The solution eases the workload of practice staff and, by ensuring that all relevant patients are thoroughly screened, it helps clinicians detect depression early and provide patients with the appropriate care.

"Phreesia's electronic version of the PHQ-9 has made a real difference in our practice, particularly in its ability to offer patients a more private environment to respond to these questions," says Armando Silva, Director of Medical Records at Aunt Martha's Healthcare Netwo
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