"In mental health, often the tools available haven't advanced beyond where they were a few decades ago," laments Prateek Dwivedi, CEO of Ehave, Inc. Dwivedi, and company founder Scott Woodrow, recently met with Invest in Ontario and a group of journalists from Israel at the Ontario Brain Institute to discuss how their solution is changing the landscape of mental health assessment and remediation.

"Regardless of where a health concern is located in the body, the patient journey is similar, from intake to diagnosis to treatment to outcome. However, outside of the brain, there are many tools at the clinicians' disposal to help usher the patient through that journey. [While] in mental health, the assessment tools today are still interview and survey based - we see that changing," says Dwivedi motioning toward his colleague who stands in front of a laptop, clutching a video game remote control.

Mental health software solutions offer clinicians and parents greater flexibility

They are not playing just any video game. Ehave's software solution can assess the most common mental health disorders faced by children and adolescents, with an initial focus on attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). "We are using modern and advanced technologies alongside traditional methodologies in a digital environment for more efficient clinical practice and real time results for mental health assessment and therapeutic delivery," says Dwivedi. "By taking known measures out of labs, and wrapping them within engaging video games, we allow clinicians to conduct tests in their offices, or from their patients' homes."

So far, Ehave has received overwhelmingly positive responses from clinicians within their network, Dwivedi and Woodrow tell us. Ehave is a more engaging assessment tool, and it doesn't require pharmaceutical remediation. This feature in itself makes it 'a game changer,' states Dwivedi. What is more, the Ehave platform can be integrated into a clinical workflow, making it easy for clinicians to adopt.

Digitally enhanced learning environments will soon enable customized learning strategies

The digital management, assessment and remediation of ADHD is just the start, as Dwivedi says the methodology and technology can translate to other conditions including autism, anxiety, depression, traumatic brain injury (including concussion) and Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD). "Our goal is to first prove our platform with ADHD to develop a data model and supporting infrastructure. We will also partner and in-license applications from other providers to give clinicians a rich collection of tools with a common engagement platform within 'Ehave Connect'...We are just at the beginning of what will be an exciting future," says Dwivedi emphatically.

Ehave's software platform offers us a glimpse into a classroom of the future. Kids each learn differently, and schools and curriculums have already begun to adapt. But when learning disabilities are brought into the mix, as every teacher and parent knows, it impacts the classroom environment. According to Dwivedi, "In the future, tools that test for cognitive capabilities will empower classrooms with objective measures of where kids excel, and where they need more help - so the focus will not be on labelling kids with specific disorders, but rather delivering the cognitive help that is required for each and every student. In a way, it can be likened to bringing "personalized (precision) medicine" into education."

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May 13, 2016

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