Like many entrepreneurs, Oren Frank got his big idea while working in an entirely different profession, in Frank’s case advertising. Yet, despite earning a stint at the prestigious Istanbul firm, Mcann Erickson, Oren Frank willingly banked on his big idea, taking the swerve that eventually landed him in the mental health field.
Today, as CEO and founder of the widely used therapy site Talkspace, Oren Frank tweets regularly about topics germane to the therapy biz, drawing attention, for example, to Senator Bernie Sender’s positions on health care and the viewpoint, espoused by the “Economist,” that “strong welfare states are crucial for capitalism.” Watch Oren Frank on Youtube to learn more.
Created as an online therapy venue for those requiring a less expensive and potentially less intrusive way to get quality mental health care, Talkspace took a monumental leap forward recently with the hiring of Chief Medical Advisor, Neil Leibowitz, formerly of United Healthcare. Already an ideal way for busy professionals and others to get their therapy their way and on their timetable, the hiring of Leibowitz by Oren Frank takes Talkspace to a new level.
As things stand, once matched with a uniquely suitable therapist, Talkspace patients gain access to a private online room where the can communicate with their care provider at their leisure, generally receiving input about twice daily and communicating via texting, video chats, audio chats and audio messaging. While the situation is already a great one for on the go patients, the installation of Leibowitz adds another plank to the bridge begun when Oren Frank created a partnership last year with Magellan Healthcare. The site, according to Frank, already generates tens of millions of dollars. However, with Leibowitz and Magellan onboard the goal is to create a pathway to prescriptions access and ultimately to see a large percentage of revenue come from corporate employers.