Mental Health Care Providers Lagging Behind In EHR Usage, Technology...

The medical industry has widely embraced EHR (Electronic Health Record) technology because it has proven to be a powerful tool for improving the quality of care and lowering costs. But the benefits of EHR go much further. This software technology improves accountability, enhances public engagement and fosters a rapid development of new therapies. But there is one sector where usage of EHR is lacking far behind – in the mental health field. In fact, in the Journal of American Medical Informatics Association (JAMIA) found that 27.3% of patients suffering from depression were not diagnosed in their provider’s EHR data. Those with bipolar disorder were left out at a rate of 27.7%. The situation is even more troubling in that patients’ records of health care treatment were almost nonexistent in primary health records. Furthermore, 90% of acute psychiatric services received in a hospital were completely absent from EHR data. The JAMIA article also reported that software designed for behavioral health EHR is lagging far behind all other categories of health care. In layman’s terms, this means that providers of behavioral mental health therapy treatment are at a distinct disadvantage because they do not have the ability to share information about patients and their history of contact with the rest of the healthcare industry. Knowing the full picture about a patient’s healthcare profile vastly increases the chances of getting better treatment and a better outcome. That’s why mental health therapy providers are scrambling to ramp up or update their Behavioral Health EHR with a new generation of software designed specifically for clinics offering behavioral therapy. Just one huge advantage is keeping ahead of numerous government regulations. Additionally, behavioral health EHR makes it easier to bring billing “in-house,” streamline processes and help a providers “scale up” and...

Upgrading Your Recovery Center’s Record Keeping System...

The accuracy and accessibility of patient records may underscore your center’s success in the community. People who come to your center for help treating their addictions count on you to keep an accurate record of treatments they receive. They also trust you to make those records available to other providers like primary care physicians to whom they grant access. Because addiction to substances like opioids and alcohol continues to pose a serious problem to public safety and health, you may find it best to upgrade your record keeping system to stay on track with or ahead of the available technology. By incorporating technology like CARF standards for behavioral health, you can securely store patient information and access records if or when needed without the hassle of sifting through paper records. Upgrading your system to utilize CARF standards for behavioral health can be a vital necessity in your substance abuse recovery center. As you treat more patients, you will need more storage options for an increased number of records. If you rely on outdated methods like paper files, you could run out of space and also compromise the confidentiality of people who come to you for help. By transferring your existing files to virtual formats, you eliminate burdensome paper records that are no longer practical to maintain in today’s healthcare industry. Virtual records are just as if not more accessible than paper files. They also offer a higher level of security than what could be found with traditional record keeping systems. Storing your existing and new files also does not require you physical space on hand for them. Instead, you can invest in cloud storage for your recovery center. The cloud stores records securely while allowing you access to them from personal or business-related devices...