February 9, 2018 | Ron Manderscheid, PhD, Exec Dir, NACBHDD and NARMH
The growth of our population of seniors continues at an accelerating pace. Demographers tell us that this trend will continue for the next decade, soon about 1 in 5 of all Americans will be age 65 and older.
Telehealth can enable patients to get the care that they might otherwise skip. Particularly relevant in addiction treatment is the convenience factor for those who otherwise would travel long distances to see a provider.
Apple has announced that it is launching a feature that will allow consumers to see their medical records on their iPhones. It's a far-reaching platform, considering that in 2016 alone, Apple sold 211.88 million iPhones.
Telehealth has moved from burgeoning to mainstream and is seen as a viable model for behavioral healthcare. In fact, clinician shortages are catapulting adoption and use of telepsychiatry to address unmet needs.
The Joint Commission is requiring that centers systematically collect information directly from their patients on how they are feeling, use it to inform clinical care, and aggregate the data to measure treatment effectiveness.