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Advocates inch closer to a national PDMP

March 23, 2018  |  Nicole Stempak
article

A new technology working group has proposed creating a national PDMP with a facilitator model that would be added to the current electronic prescription workflow.

Cryptocurrencies could be catching on

March 15, 2018  |  Tom Valentino, Senior Editor
article

Despite their volatility, digital currencies are starting to gain acceptance as a means of payment for addiction treatment services.

Ohio opioid tech challenge hits second stage

March 7, 2018  |  Tom Valentino, Senior Editor
news

The worldwide technology and innovation community is invited to propose solutions for addressing substance use and addiction in the second phase of Ohio project.

 

Fostering a full life for seniors

February 9, 2018  |  Ron Manderscheid, PhD, Exec Dir, NACBHDD and NARMH
blog

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 put to use in rural America

February 7, 2018  |  David Raths
article

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 brings medical records to the iPhone

January 24, 2018  |  Rajiv Leventhal
news

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.

Telepsychiatry: What to look for in 2018

December 20, 2017  |  Geoffrey Boyce
Perspectives

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.

HIPAA requirements extend to outsourced work

December 11, 2017  |  Alicia Hoisington
article

Ensure vendors’ privacy protocols are up to standard, as treatment centers can be held liable for business associates’ health data privacy violations.

The 2017 Information Technology Vendor Survey

November 17, 2017  |  Tom Valentino, Senior Editor
article

An increasing number of information technology vendors are partnering with residential care providers, a trend that is projected to continue heading into 2018.

 

How emotional health and physical health alarms differ

October 19, 2017  |  Ed Jones, PhD
Perspectives

The power of digital tools in emotional health should motivate and energize clinical/business leaders to validate this exciting opportunity for health improvement and business innovation.

Improving treatment results with Joint Commission-mandated outcome measures

September 28, 2017  |  Joanna L. Conti
Perspectives

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.

Beacon signs on as Project ECHO educational hub

September 25, 2017  |  Tom Valentino, Senior Editor
article

Beacon Health Options will help train community clinicians on the use of medication-assisted treatment with educational hubs through the Project ECHO mentoring initiative.