“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
A major advantage of a great EHR is it’s potential to increase client safety through preventing and detecting human errors. In Meaningful Use Stage 2 (the ONC 2014 Certified Solution) there is a requirement for Safety Enhanced Design (170.314(g)(3). This requirement focuses on user-centered design processes for eight different areas (listed below). The report is mandatory for a complete EHR certification and is published on the ONC’s website.
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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
The Goals of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act
The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 emphasizes the need for the U.S. to move toward the use of electronic health records. To encourage a widespread adoption of interoperable health information technology, the legislation called for the Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT working through NIST, to create a program for voluntary certification of health information technology that is in compliance with the applicable certification criteria to meet defined meaningful use requirements. Meaningful Use stage 1 started the U.S. down this path by pushing healthcare organizations to select an electronic health record and to start their path of digitization. Continue reading Ready or Not: Meaningful Use Stage 2 is Here! This Change has Been Coming at You for a Long, Long Time. How Did that Happen?
Recently I testified to the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology Policy committee’s certification and adoption workgroup regarding voluntary certification of electronic health records for behavioral health. Many groups were represented in the discussion including consumer advocates, the American Psychiatric Association, the American Psychological Association, SATVA, behavioral health providers, and methadone clinics. There were those Continue reading Kevin Scalia Addresses ONC BH Committee
Data Breaches and Why Electronic Health Records Are Still Better
January 30, 2014
When electronic health records were first introduced to behavioral healthcare, there was a significant amount of skepticism about whether we could trust these machines with this important and confidential information. We adjusted to using electronic records systems but many of us believed that the servers on which the data resided had to be on-site. Now, we think nothing of storing confidential Continue reading Data Breaches and Why Electronic Health Records Are Still Better