Behavioral health, as a specialty, hasn’t historically adopted EHR systems because most are nonprofit with limited funding. In addition, sole practitioners didn’t need something that robust in an EHR system.
However, with the advent of meaningful use mandates and the customization of EMR systems for behavioral health practices, the move to the right EMR software solution and a carefully planned implementation strategy can provide many extremely beneficial advantages to a behavioral health organization.
Following is one advantage that makes sense to all involved, from behavioral health clinicians to clients and other healthcare specialists.
Breaking down Silos
Some, but not all, EMR systems allow all healthcare practitioners who care for clients as a whole to share notes so that the entire course of treatment is holistic. The primary care physician, health specialists, and behavioral health providers all work together on a holistic plan.
Inside a behavioral health organization, though, better decisions are made by sharing information to limit the possibly of a dangerous situation where a clinician is completely dependent on the information from the client and/or family members. Without an EMR solution, silos of information exist that prevent clinicians, billing staff, and scheduling from sharing details necessary to perform their functions.
With an EMR system, clinicians, staff, and executives can share appropriate information and insight that affects the client’s care and the administrative handling of the case and reporting initiatives.
Many Other Advantages
Remarkable Health put together an interesting infographic that points out some surprising statistics on what you can expect in terms of ROI when you implement a behavioral health EMR system.