As the healthcare industry grows with staff shortages, compliance requirements, service demand, and pressure to keep up with technological innovations, many providers are overwhelmed with the burden of navigating massive amounts of health data. Fortunately, technology can be used to streamline data collection and provide relevant information to help providers make timely decisions.
At NatCon22, the largest conference on mental health and substance use treatment, Michelle Patriquin of The Menninger Clinic and behavioral health leaders at Dern Gladden of Cerner discussed the role of data in helping behavioral health care organizations to maintain, maintain, and maintain protection and informing policies. Here are three keys to their conversation.
- 1. Data can improve behavioral health treatment, results
- 2. Data may increase efforts to prevent suicide
- 3. Data can help organizations address social determinants of health
Useful behavioral health data can be a game changer in patient outcomes. Standardized tools are essential to help physicians monitor the progress or delay of data in an intervention or care section. When data is online, accessible, and easy to digest, it allows patients to be more active in their health and well-being, and providers can customize treatment to create accurate results.
“In mental health, the data seems far removed from the wonderful experience with the patient. At The Menninger Clinic, we use data to help at all levels, including the patient. We use a variety of tools and self-report measures on things like psychological flexibility, emotional regulation and symptoms , and then we use that data on a weekly basis as part of their care. ” – Michelle Patriquin, MD
Unfortunately, the death toll from suicide is very high after being discharged from a psychiatric hospital. The Menninger Clinic examined the relationship between all suicide outcomes in hospitalized individuals: idea, attempt, and death. Inpatient psychiatric facilities can help address this troubling problem by making technology more proactive in measuring outcomes. For example, every 90 days, behavioral health organizations examine one million new patients using the Columbia-Suicide Severity Rating Scale (C-SSRS), an assessment tool that assesses suicidal ideation and behavior in the Cerner electronic health record. In addition, researchers at the Menninger Clinic measure data to predict suicide risk and help physicians provide meaningful, evidence-based care.
“Towards zero suicide, we need to standardize suicide assessment. Integrated behavioral health solutions can help make this possible by connecting behavioral health centers with primary care, acute care, med-surge, oncology, and specialties around the world.” – Danny Gladden
Social determinants such as access to and quality of health care, the environment, economic stability, access to and quality of education, and the social and community context are critical parts of real interventions. In fact, between 10% and 20% of health outcomes are related to medical interventions; another 80% to 90% of people are born, live, study, work, play, worship, and age. When it comes to mental health and addiction, we need to tell a whole-person story from primary care to acute care behavioral health, health equity as a driver.
Many health care providers have access to valuable data that can affect programs and services for vulnerable communities. Our industry is committed to using data to advocate at the local, state, and federal levels to improve the equity and quality of life of the populations we serve.
“It is our responsibility in this field to continually advocate for the most vulnerable in our communities, to make others feel the same level of excitement and excitement, and to understand and ensure the need to fully fund our programs and services.” . – Danny Gladden
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