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Category: Regulation & Policy

Mental Health Care Needs an ‘Anytime, Anywhere’ Model

Article Excerpt: Alan Kazdin, Ph.D., Professor of Psychology & Child Psychiatry at Yale University, has provided recommendations for mental health care, suggesting that the system should rethink how treatment is delivered to maximize its reach and effectiveness.  New applications of Internet-, phone-, and smartphone-based technologies allow treatment to be delivered in ways that reach many more people in need. While some technology-based approaches may simply make one-to-one psychotherapy more accessible (for example, sessions with a psychotherapist over Skype), other approaches may not require a patient-therapist relationship at all (such as smartphone applications that promote mood monitoring and self-awareness). Technology seems to make it easier for people to stay in treatment: Research suggests that people are less likely to drop out of interventions when they are technology-based. The thinking here is that treatments are only as good as the degree to which they can be accessed by those most in need.

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Article Source: Huffington Post


CRC Health Group Appoints Deni Carise, Ph.D., to Deputy Chief Clinical Officer

Article Excerpt: CRC Health Group, the nation’s largest provider of addiction treatment and related behavioral health services, has announced the appointment of Deni Carise, Ph.D., a nationally and internationally recognized leader in behavioral health and substance abuse treatment and research, to Deputy Chief Clinical Officer. Dr. Carise is a Clinical Psychologist and has been part of the recovery community for over 25 years.  Dr. Carise recently completed a three-year contract as Chief Clinical Officer for a leading addiction treatment provider with over 100 programs where she developed national standards for various types of clinical care, developed toolkits for over 30 evidence-based practices, blogged about addiction-related issues, and helped usher in a new era of care to position the company to successfully address changes secondary to healthcare reform.

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Article Source: Market Wire


Bill Aims To Advance Innovation in Mobile Health Technology

Article Excerpt: On Monday, Rep. Mike Honda of California introduced legislation — the Healthcare Innovation and Marketplace Technologies Act — aiming to advance innovation in mobile health and other health care technologies.  The bill would require would require FDA to establish a new office of wireless health technology, which is expected to bring new expertise to FDA and help mobile health technologies get to market faster.

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Article Source: iHealthBeat


WHO Branch Releases App for Monitoring Adolescent Health

Article Excerpt: The Pan American Health Organization recently launched an iPhone and iPad app, which is the mobile version of the Global School-based Student Health Survey (eGSHS), at the Regional Congress on Health Sciences in Washington, D.C.  The app is used to monitor adolescent health behaviors in more than 30 countries throughout the Americas, in an aim to help public health workers create policies for youth health programs related to alcohol consumption, drug and tobacco use, mental health, and sexual health, to name a few.

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Article Source:  iHealthBeat


Better Use of Evidence Needed for Adopting Healthcare Interventions

Article Excerpt: The European Medical Research Councils have issued a briefing, emphasizing the need for much greater awareness among health professionals of the benefits of health technology assessment.  The report makes ten main recommendations for improving the quality of research and healthcare, with the primary aim being for patients to be given treatments which have been adequately assessed and shown to be the most effective.

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Article Source:  British Journal of Healthcare Computing


Use Technology to Boost Patient Compliance

Article Excerpt: Patient non-compliance saddles the U.S. health-care system with huge unnecessary costs, both in economic and human terms. Technology can help. Health providers, pharmacists and even pharmaceutical manufacturers can use the mobile phones that patients already carry in their pockets and purses to achieve higher rates of adherence and lower the cost of care. One pharmaceutical company found that it could significantly increase adherence by using technology to customize interventions and tailor support. And rather than monitoring patients, adherence technologies can empower them to take control of their conditions.

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Article Source:  Providence Journal


Healthcare Cost Cutting Hinges On IT

Article Excerpt: Several of the nation’s top healthcare experts, led by bioethicist Ezekiel Emanuel, believe that building an IT infrastructure that supports the electronic exchange of patient data and integrating administrative data with clinical information from electronic health records (EHRs) will cut the nation’s healthcare costs and increase efficiency.

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Article Source: InformationWeek


SAMHSA Promotes Health IT for Substance Misuse Treatment

Article Excerpt: On Monday, the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) announced $4 million in grants to help six organizations use health IT tools to expand access to substance misuse treatment for people in underserved communities.  SAMHSA said the awards will allow the organizations to leverage Web-based services, smartphones, mobile applications and other health IT tools to help individuals track and manage their health, among other functions.

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Article Source: iHealthBeat


AHIMA: Look at legal ramifications of mobile health information

Article Excerpt: In developing policies for managing data handled by and stored on mobile devices, healthcare organizations should look beyond privacy and security and consider the legal ramifications of mobile health information, the American Health Information Management Association (AHIMA) says.

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Article Source: MobiHealthNews