Jacob L. Freedman MD PhotoMentegram is growing and we are beyond excited that we have found Jacob, our new Chief Medical Officer. He is a board-certified psychiatrist practicing in Massachusetts and an Assistant Professor of Psychiatry at Tufts University School of Medicine. Since completing his training at Harvard Medical School, he has served as both a healthcare and a risk-management consultant.

Why did you decide to join Mentegram?
As the owner of a private practice, I am constantly faced with the constraints of a busy schedule. This has lead me to seek out new ways to streamline patient care in order to maximize my efficiency throughout the day. On the other hand, as a clinical psychiatrist I am always searching for new treatment innovations to improve patient care. Mentegram is a fantastic product because it offers solutions for streamlining healthcare delivery while allowing clinicians to provide the highest quality of care for their patients. In an healthcare environment of cutting costs and decreased reimbursement, it’s a wonderful thing to find something that achieves both economic and clinical objectives. So to answer the question in brief: the chance to work closely with a team of dedicated professionals to aid in further developing this unique product is a priceless opportunity.

What do you expect from working together?
The founding core at Mentegram already has a tremendous wealth of knowledge and experience behind them. As a clinician on the front lines running a diverse practice, I am thrilled to have the opportunity to aid in adapting the product to new areas in the mental health field. Mentegram has already demonstrated tremendous strengths in increasing practice efficiency and hastening patient recovery. I look forward to expanding the role of Mentegram to new horizons. This is a product that could have an enormous impact when utilized within an organization such as The Veterans Health Administration or within the forensic and state hospital systems. Mentegram could also play a significant role with non-clinicians and first-responders–such as emergency medical technicians and law enforcement officials–to facilitate the appropriate setting for ongoing evaluation of individuals showing signs and symptoms of mental illness. Mentegram has endless possibilities and we are only just beginning.

How do you expect Mentegram will change your own practice?
This is a very good practical question. How is this going to make my life better? Let’s be frank: better practice efficiency means finishing the day earlier and saving money which means that everyone will have more time for their families and more time for themselves. Mentegram basics like pre-screening patients and generating notes and billing paperwork will absolutely get me out of the office quicker. The ability to track my patients between visits will improve care which improves referrals in the community but more importantly helps me to be sure that I am providing the best possible care for my patients using cutting-edge technology. The clinical tools available through Mentegram will be the standard of care in coming years in the mental health field. This product is simply ahead of the curve. I should also mention the fact that using standardized rating scales in one’s practice can’t hurt from a risk-management perspective. This is always helpful documentation to have in the chart in case of an adverse outcome.