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A look inside NeuroBlu: Structured socioenvironmental stressor data

Huge amounts of data are collected throughout a person’s journey through the behavioral healthcare system. From demographic data captured during intake to in-depth conversations between patients and clinicians about symptoms, daily activities, and goals, most of the information captured about a patient becomes part of their electronic health record (EHR). 

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Nature and nurture: How environment and biology shape mental health

As a mental health clinician and researcher, I have seen firsthand how our understanding of the role that biological and socioenvironmental factors play in mental health has evolved over time. For many years, the debate over nature vs. nurture dominated discussions in the field, but more recent models have focused on the interaction between genes and the environment, such as the diathesis stress model.

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Challenges in the collection and adoption of behavioral health real-world data

I recently had the pleasure of joining Real-World Wednesday, a conversation hosted weekly on Clubhouse covering various topics about real-world data. First off, I’d like to thank the hosts of the RWD-RWE Club, Matt Veatch and Aaron Kamauu, for the invitation and the engaging discussion.

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Our approach to curating fit-for-purpose real-world data

At Holmusk, our vision is to provide fit-for-purpose real-world data that fuel research and innovation in behavioral health. With tons of data captured each day as patients move through healthcare systems—much of it in unstructured data fields—a lot goes on behind the scenes, as we ensure that this information is available and usable for research. Below, you’ll find a quick overview on the types of data that are included in the NeuroBlu Database—as well as the process data go through to ensure they are fit-for-purpose.

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New York Digital Health 100: Reflections on the City’s Impact

This week, we shared the exciting and humbling news that we’ve been named as part of Digital Health New York’s New York Digital Health 100 list, a recognition that highlights the most exciting and innovative digital health startups in the New York region. Co-Founder and CEO of Digital Health New York, Bunny Ellerin, describes the list as “an incredibly diverse, innovative and forward-thinking set of companies and leaders that are making an impact on the future of healthcare.” 

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SAMHSA survey highlights importance of real-world data in behavioral health

Earlier this month,  the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) released its annual National Survey on Drug Use and Health (NSDUH), which examined substance use and mental health data from 2021. Although the survey has been administered since 1971, SAMHSA called this year’s “the most comprehensive report on substance use and mental health indicators” that the organization has released to date.

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New year, same strengthened vision

Over seven years ago, I founded Holmusk with the vision that advances in technology and data science could be harnessed to improve health care. Over the company’s lifespan, the vision has crystallized, and we decided to focus first on an area of dire need—behavioral health. We have made great advancements in this space, many of which would not have been realized without the creation and nurturing of fruitful and supportive partnerships. 

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