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Clarity through Consoles

Jim_Rodriguez.fwI recently received a pleasantly surprising e-mail from a clinician and colleague here at Child Guidance Center which read, “I feel like a six year old girl getting her Christmas gift early!” When you help manage an organization’s internal IT, the emails you receive typically contain more problems than praise. Continue reading Clarity through Consoles

Time to Transition to Better Transitions of Care

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Some $25 billion to $45 billion per year is lost on poor transitions of care, meaning a failure of the healthcare system to properly transfer a client from the care of one clinician in a certain setting to the care of another clinician in another setting. There are many reasons for this, but it most often happens due to lack of information sharing.

In the behavioral health community, where as many as 68 percent of adults with mental health conditions also have medical conditions, there is tremendous opportunity for cost savings – and more importantly, better client outcomes – if transitions of care are improved.

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Realized: The Promise of Evidence-Based Practice in Behavioral Health

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“A systemic approach to analyze published research as the basis of clinical decision making.” That’s how evidence-based medicine was first defined more than two decades ago. And it makes sense doesn’t it? The best treatment philosophies are born of experience – and if we can draw from our collective experience we give ourselves the best chance of improving outcomes.

Evidence-based treatment (EBT) in medicine has been embraced for years, but in the behavioral setting we have struggled to implement it for reasons big and small. Continue reading Realized: The Promise of Evidence-Based Practice in Behavioral Health

Going Beyond 5 Rights to a Person-Centric Model

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Prescription and over-the-counter medications are milestone medical advances that impact how we treat and prevent illness. Medication therapies for individuals with behavioral health conditions have become much more prevalent and accepted in the past 10 years. Nonetheless, it is primary care physicians that prescribe the majority of behavioral health medications; overall, 67 percent of psychopharmacologic drugs are prescribed by primary care physicians (Rural Health Advisory Committee, 2005).

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Technology Breaks Down Barriers For Behavioral Health & Addiction Treatment

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The changes we’re facing in behavioral health and substance abuse treatment are breaking long-standing barriers within and between organizations. Because of technical advancements, we’ve joined other industries in exchanging client data…allowing us to treat the whole person. This is the most profound change within care delivery processes…at least in my lifetime. Continue reading Technology Breaks Down Barriers For Behavioral Health & Addiction Treatment

HIMSS Not Completely Addressing The Full Spectrum Of Healthcare

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In his keynote address Monday, Feb. 24, at HIMSS 2014, Aetna CEO Mark T. Bertolini declared “It’s the perfect time to change.”  He makes the case for three key priorities for the country’s ailing healthcare system.

  1. Invest in helping individuals take steps towards improved wellness via healthy choices and lifestyle
  2. Improve the care of the chronically ill
  3. Align financial incentives

As I walked up and down every aisle in the HIMSS Continue reading HIMSS Not Completely Addressing The Full Spectrum Of Healthcare