Learn why digital solutions that provide behavioral health support to people where and when they first need it are so important.
Our panel of industry experts will look at the value, uniqueness and history of a digital first approach to behavioral health.
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What is the difference between a digital first and digitally enhanced approach? What is the value of implementing this disruptive approach?
What historic challenges to mental health care like access, engagement and health integration do digital first platforms allow us to address?
Has the pandemic influenced the move towards digital first solutions? What are the challenges to adoption and how do we overcome them?
Happify Health is a global software-enabled healthcare platform focused on improving mental and physical health. Our scientifically-validated programs positively impact behavior across a continuum of need alongside providing access to telehealth, AI-powered and live coaching, and digital therapeutics. Today, the Happify Health platform is available in 10 languages, supports more than 10 chronic conditions, and covers more than 20 million lives in 190 countries worldwide.
Learn about challenges, solutions and results from this group who has dedicated their careers to helping people become healthier and happier.
As a previously practicing psychologist, Andy Sekel, Ph.D. has deep experience in Behavioral Health and is currently serving as a Managing Partner at Marketplace Fund as well as a board member at several notable behavioral health companies, including Chairman of the Board of Happify Health. Prior to that, as CEO for Optum Specialty Networks, he oversaw behavioral health, complex medical and physical health clinical services that improved the overall health and wellbeing of individuals in the employer and health plan markets.
Michael Thompson is the President and CEO of the National Alliance of Healthcare Purchaser Coalitions (National Alliance). The National Alliance consists of approximately 50 healthcare purchaser-led coalitions collectively supporting over 12,000 healthcare purchasers providing health coverage to over 41 million Americans. The National Alliance mission to collectively empower purchasers to drive innovation, health and value for our companies, our communities and out country.
Mike is Past President of the board of the New York City chapter of the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) and serves as a leading mental health advocate nationally. Mike also served on the Board for the Northeast Business Group on Health (NEBGH) for 13 years.
As Head of Strategy and Innovation, Health & Benefits NA at Wilis Tower Watson (WTW), Steve is responsible for helping business, clients and partners think ahead and adopt emerging digital health and virtual care innovations that drive business results. Evolve innovation brand and shape the market for health and benefits.
Prior to WTW, Steve was VP and Head of Marketing National Business at Aetna where he led Aetna's B2B and B2B2C marketing efforts for Aetna's $13B portfolio of National Accounts, Healthagen, Specialty and Product businesses, with a focus on developing and executing a value-based differentiation strategy. Before that he was SVP & Chief Marketing Officer at Prime Therapeutics.
Dr. Lustig is currently the national medical executive for Behavioral Health at Cigna. A board certified child psychiatrist, he previously served as lead medical director for child and adolescent care for Cigna’s behavioral health business. He leads an ongoing effort at Cigna to disseminate health services research via peer-reviewed journal publications and presentations at conferences in order to enhance the company’s credibility with clients, provider groups, and customers. These efforts have recently yielded several peer-reviewed publications. Cigna recognized the teams led by Dr. Lustig that contributed to these initiatives with Cigna’s prestigious Quarterly Champion Award.
Prior to coming to Cigna in 2011, Dr. Lustig served as an associate clinical professor in the Department of Psychiatry at the University of California, San Francisco as the director of the Child and Adolescent Psychiatry Residency Training Program. He received his Doctorate of Medicine from Rush Medical College and completed his psychiatric training at Stanford and Harvard hospitals. He also has a Master in Public Health from the University of Illinois School of Public Health. Dr. Lustig is the director of School Psychiatrists and has provided consultations to numerous school systems in the San Francisco and Boston areas.