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Vinfen President & CEO Bruce Bird Featured in Panel Open Minds’ Technology & Informatics Institute

Vinfen President and CEO Bruce Bird, PhD was featured on a panel at the 2016 Open Minds Technology and Informatics Institute town hall session titled, “What Are the Impediments to Adopting New Technologies for Consumer Care?” Each year, this national meeting focuses on the tech tools executives need to improve performance, streamline decision-making, and add value to the management and delivery of care for consumers with complex needs. Other panelists included Director of Front Porch Center for Innovation and Wellbeing Davis Park and Vice President of Clinical Operations at MHNet/Aetna Behavioral Health Chris Slocum.

The panel tackled the barriers encountered by providers in rolling out new technology, with a special focus on how organizations can encourage consumers to use and better engage with new technology.

Bruce attested that because consumers who try new technologies tend to stick with them, the priority should be to find as many ways as possible to get tech-based solutions in front of consumers. “Adherence in these populations once they try it out is pretty good,” said Bruce, “We’re trying to study that more.”

Thanks to an award from the Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts Foundation, Vinfen’s Smartphone app designed to enhance services for young adults with emotional and behavioral health challenges was expanded last January to support adults with serious mental illness. To continuously improve our app and the benefits it offers to individuals, Vinfen is studying adherence to the app, engagement, and methods of increasing both of these factors.

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