Experiencing anxiety is part of being human. There’s a primitive part of our brains that’s geared to sense a threat. For some people, it fires up a lot sooner and with a lot less reason than it does in others. When it does, it surges the body with cortisol (the stress hormone) and adrenaline to get the body ready to run for its life or fight for it. The reaction is more commonly known as the fight or flight response, and everyone experiences it. The “go” button is a bit more sensitive for people with anxiety.
More than 40 million U.S. adults age 18 and older, or 18 percent of the population suffer from anxiety disorders. The disorders are highly treatable, but only about one-third of those suffering receive treatment. People may not seek treatment because they do not think their symptoms are severe enough or that they can manage them on their own. Anxiety disorders often go undetected for years before patients seek treatment. By that time, changing behaviors may require professional help.
Medicom Health now offers the Medicom Health Anxiety Profiler. The profiler is an online application that screens adults for symptoms of generalized anxiety disorder. The application also assesses common risk factors and history of recent panic attacks. The purpose of the application is to identify consumers who should undergo additional screening in a primary care setting.
The tool proactively engages current and prospective patients by educating them on symptoms and lifestyle changes to modify their behavior. Users receive a personalized report and depending on their symptom severity, directs them to undergo additional screening in a primary care setting or information on managing their anxiety.
In an era where the value-based care delivery model has become standard, health systems are stretching their clinical resources farther than ever before. The EVALIA Anxiety Profiler is designed to meet our customer’s need to provide clinically accurate, interactive online resources for their patients.