Techology resources for enhancing mental health services in the office

Techology resources for enhancing mental health services in the office

Neuropsychologist and blogger W. Howard Buddin, Jr., Ph.D., posts irregularly on his blog and NeuropsychNow.com website. He seems to be a reliable source of information about neuropsychology and, of particular interest to mhconcierge.com, helpful practice resources.  Here are a few of his postings, some recent and some not so recent, that may be of interest to mental health professionals seeking help from quality technology resources and advice.

  • “iPad in the Clinic” discusses advanced use of iPads, and other tablets,  for office services. Buddin describes how he uses his iPad to do intake interviews, take therapy notes (he reviews the pros and cons of this), and to present creative mini-presentations to patients about clinic issues (a brilliant idea, in the opinion of mhconcierge.com).  He also provides an overview of the (considerable, but “not insurmountable”) security/HIPAA considerations.
  • Listen to Proofread” is a brief post, with helpful links to more details resources, about the benefits of using a text-to-speech program to read back to your document. He notes that this can help counter the fatigue that many us experience at the end of creating a report or other complex document.
  • “Getting Reports Done”, by S. Marc Testa, Ph.D., provides wise advice about how to manage report writing in order to “get them done on time,” and with quality results. He advocates for reports that are 3-4 pages long, at the most, as this increases the chance that they will actually be read.
  • Buddin n follows up on the “Getting Reports Done” with “Getting More Reports Done.” This article is, in mhconcierge.com’s opinion, a goldmine of ideas about how to use technology to reduce clerical chores. For example, Dr. Buddin uses a Word document template with a “dynamic system for generating the structure (and some of the content)” for reports.  He also reviews use of dictation software.  He provides a link to a posting about use of text expansion to expedite typing documents.

These postings, and their links to other resources, provide creative ideas of how to reduce clerical chores and improve clinical documentation.  They do not, however, touch on the tremendous potential of improving the use of these resources by integrating them into an EHR. Stay tuned for more from mh.concierge.com about this in future postings.

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