mental health, mindcheck, sleeprate, emotional well-being, technology, tech

Aetna recognized for emotional well-being technology development

Dec 20 2017

Mental illness and chronic insomnia can heavily impact a person. Aetna continues to develop digital tools to support mental health and well-being and to combat the perceived stigma often attached to mental illness.

Aetna’s MindCheck and SleepRate digital tools were recently awarded with the National Alliance of Healthcare Purchaser Coalitions’ prestigious Innovations Award, citing Aetna’s technology development for consumers as far above any other competitor submissions.

“We have always understood that good physical health often depends on good mental health, and we are proud to lead the way in bringing tools like MindCheck and SleepRate to the market,” said Hyong Un, M.D., Aetna’s chief psychiatrist.

Mental illness and chronic insomnia often present together and take a huge toll on the U.S. workforce. Mental illness affects one in five individuals each year, costing the U.S. workforce $51 billion a year in absenteeism and $26 billion in direct costs, while chronic insomnia effects up to thirty percent of the population and costs the workforce up to $63 billion.

“Good physical health often depends on good mental health”

Aetna’s digital tools bring solutions to individuals exactly where they are – at their computers and mobile devices. Mobile technology allows people to seek support for their mental health needs privately and leads to greater adoption of mental well-being applications.

MindCheck is an online tool available to any individual with access to the internet and an email address – regardless of affiliation with Aetna. This tool provides a simple, private and non-threatening way for people to better understand the role emotional health plays in overall well-being, while also identifying and encouraging the use of resources available to address emotional distress.

SleepRate is the first-ever digital health tool that not only monitors and assesses sleep, but also provides specific action plans for users struggling to achieve regular restful sleep. The application combines data gathered by wearable fitness devices with user responses to contextual questions throughout the day regarding mood, thoughts and behaviors. The application identifies a person’s specific sleep deficiency and creates an action plan targeting changes that will have the most impact. Once an action plan is complete and success is demonstrated for at least a week, the next plan is provided to address other behaviors affecting wakefulness. The process continues until individual users are regularly sleeping restfully.