“If healthcare wasn’t resistant to technology, Mentegram would already have been in every practice by now.”Rebecca

Mentegram is growing yet again, and we are extremely pleased to welcome Rebecca Burson to our medical advisory board. Rebecca is a commissioned officer in the US Air Force and serves as an Active Duty physician and board-certified psychiatrist.

Rebecca is going to contribute great things to Mentegram, so let’s all get to know her just a little bit better!

 

Why have you ultimately decided to become a part of Mentegram?

I enjoy being a part of things I believe in, and I believe in being able to better hone in and observe how patients are doing so that we can best figure out how to customize and enhance patient care.  I also am a fan of being on a team with enthusiastic and bright people who are passionate about what they do.

 

What do you expect from working with the team at Mentegram?

I expect that I will encounter a lot of great stories on how Mentegram is helping  better patient care. I expect I will meet lots of inspiring individuals, and that I will be a part of a team accomplishing a vision.

 

How do you feel Mentegram helps both psychiatrists and patients?

I think Mentegram can better equip providers with having a pulse on how their patients are doing over time, as well as to serve as a barometer to measure treatment interventions and measure the ups and downs of life.  I think this can help empower patients to communicate how they are doing and to help them see visually what areas they are improving in and what areas still need attention.  I think Mentegram also assists both the provider and the patient in that it can help encourage optimization of medication usage and appointment compliance.

 

What type of feedback do you typically hear when discussing Mentegram among other colleagues? 

Frankly, I am quite new to Mentegram, so the conversations are just beginning.  For colleagues who are trying Mentegram out, I am hearing feedback about how much easier it is not having to use paper and pencil, how nice it is seeing a continuum of comparison and how it brings a practice to a whole new level of care.

 

What do you think is the main reason that healthcare is often resistant to adapting to new technology?

I think if I knew the answer to that Mentegram would be in every practice by now.  I imagine, like anything, change takes time.  There are always the early adapters (roughly 10%) who catch onto good ideas first, and then it takes awhile for the majority of individuals to join.  We get used to doing things a certain way, whether it is good or bad, and we don’t want to change.  Also, it takes convincing to believe that doing something “extra” to improve one’s practice overall increases quality, efficiency and profitability.

 

Do you feel that Mentegram’s technology can lead to even more exciting changes in the field of mental health?

Absolutely!  For quite some time, mental health has been pushing “Evidence Based Medicine”.  Well, it’s time we have evidence based practice where we can see the results of our interventions in ways that are measurable.  Patients deserve that, and the field of mental health deserves that.  I think if physicians could show the mean difference of patient improvement in their practice, this would give future patients hope.  Ultimately, I think anything that improves patient hope is integral to enhancing the field of mental health.

 

Speaking of all things “new”, what are your thoughts on Mentegram’s new feature, a calendar which allows therapists to schedule appointments and send reminders to their patients?

Brilliant!

 

When you are finally at home with a chance to relax, how do you best like to spend your free time?

I like playing with my 15 month old daughter, gardening, watching movies with my husband, eating amazing food and going on runs and long walks.

 

If you could travel anywhere in the world, where would you go and why?

I would go to the Pyrenees mountains in France due to my love of France, French food, the mountains and high mountain lakes. I am learning French right now (I just started), and that would give me something to look forward to and work towards.

 

Tell us something about you that would surprise everyone.

I play the accordion, and I used to be in a band.

 

Disclaimer: The views expressed in this article are solely those of the authors and do not reflect an endorsement by or official policy of the U.S. Air Force, the U.S. Army, the Department of Defense, the Department of Veterans Affairs, or the U.S. Government.