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April 22, 2021 - by Synoptek
Of the many changes that 2020 has brought about, remote healthcare has become an incredibly large component of how people receive their healthcare. Today, patients across the world want to receive as much care as they can remotely, in the comfort of their homes – without having to physically travel to a hospital, interact with staff, or take the risk of contracting the virus. Although efforts are already underway towards improving how telehealth is delivered and consumed, one area in particular that should be streamlined, however, is behavioral health. Read on to learn why well-designed, user-friendly interfaces, efficient clinical processes, secure and easily accessible platforms, and accurate documentation is critical.
Behavioral health issues are on the rise; it is estimated that a majority of adults suffer from several behavioral health issues over the course of their lifetime: from anxiety and depression to eating disorders, post-traumatic stress disorders, substance use, and bipolar disorder. According to a report, the COVID-19 pandemic has affected the mental health of 59% of people in the United States alone. These issues not only hamper day-to-day well-being, they are also known to reduce life expectancy and increase overall health care costs.
Despite this, behavioral health Information Technology, although critical in a post-COVID era, is extremely disarrayed and disorganized. Here is what the current state of behavioral health Information Technology looks like:
The use of health information technology in general health care has facilitated the delivery of safe, high-quality, and cost-effective care. However, its application in behavioral healthcare has been rather slow, limiting the extent to which patients seek care for mental health or other behavioral issues. Given the far-reaching impact of the pandemic on behavioral health, there is an urgent need for bringing the healthcare organization’s strategy up to date. This includes:
Technology can play a critical role in improving behavioral health care and further enabling care coordination through increased collaboration, integration, and information sharing. With the right technology in place, healthcare organizations can not only ensure continuity in care services but also drive efforts toward building an interoperable, highly available, and highly secure healthcare system across the care continuum. The keys to a successful behavioral health IT experience include:
With behavioral health issues on the rise, healthcare organizations need to think of ways in which they can adopt Information Technology to deliver a digital-first, patient-centric healthcare experience. Given that stigma around behavioral health, there is a pressing need for healthcare organizations to leverage modern behavioral health Information Technology systems and solutions and enhance the safety, effectiveness, and personalization of behavioral healthcare.
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