Robert Accordino

What if a key to improving access to mental health care is actually technology?

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About Robert Accordino

Robert Accordino, a physician and passionate champion of mental health parity, is the Chief Mental Health Officer at Quartet. Robert continues to practice pediatric and adult psychiatry and is on the faculty of Massachusetts General Hospital, Harvard Medical School. Prior to Quartet, Robert served as Chief of Psychiatry and Behavioral Health at CareMore Health System. Prior to CareMore, he was appointed by President Barack Obama to the White House Fellowship, a non-partisan program founded in 1964 by Lyndon Johnson to foster public service and leadership development. In this capacity, he advised the Secretaries of Defense of the Obama and Trump Administrations on health care delivery for service members and their families. For this work, Robert received the Secretary of Defense Medal for Outstanding Public Service. In 2007, as a first-year medical student, Dr. Accordino founded the nonprofit organization Music for Autism, serving as executive director and leading the charity’s fully-subsidized programs’ national expansion.

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About This Idea

Today, approximately 1 in 5 adults - or 45 million people - in the US will experience psychiatric illness, yet we still lack access to consolidated, high quality mental health care. Robert Accordino, Chief Mental Health Officer at Quartet, believes that we can leverage technology to facilitate interaction between primary care providers, mental health providers, and patients to provide high quality, holistic care. Watch Robert’s TEDMED 2018 Hive Talk to learn how Quartet is integrating care of the mind with care of the body to improve mental health care for patients.

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