Behavioral health has recently become one of the fastest-growing sectors in healthcare industry. The reason behind this is its huge potential to impact the lives of millions of patients.
One out of every four full-time employees in US suffers from a mental health condition like anxiety, depression or addiction. Not only does this have a huge impact on the lives of these individuals and their families, it also costs their employers.
The best way to manage behavioral health needs of the patients is to leverage new technologies. Today, there is no dearth of innovative new entrants to help healthcare providers fulfill their needs.
When dealing with complicated mental health conditions, computer-based treatments have proven to be a highly effective option. Here are some of the ways by which technology can help improve behavioral health.
Remote Care and Monitoring
In US, Telemedicine is on the rise and it is a very good sign of improved healthcare. Telemedicine will help bridge the shortage in innovation and provide expert health care from a distance.
Telemedicine has changed the way care is delivered and has improved behavioral health services by offering care directly to patients rather than asking them to visit healthcare providers.
Many telemedicine service providers have recently launched behavioral health specific services that focus on psychiatry and psychology. These telemedicine platforms allow patients to connect with a psychologist in the comfort of their own homes.
Some providers are using consumer-focused apps that use CBT (cognitive behavioral therapy) principles to address mental health conditions like anxiety, depression without a clinician.
Medication Management Services
It is estimated that medication noncompliance by patient’s costs around $290 billion each year in terms of avoidable medical spending. Previously, Healthcare service providers had little to no ability to track their patient’s adherence to medications, and patients themselves lacked the necessary support to sustain medication compliance.
Medication management solutions are gaining traction in today’s technology-assisted healthcare marketplace, offering online care services ranging from medication coordination to pharmacist support.
With continued innovation in behavioral healthcare delivery, there will be a change in landscape for the better, helping to eliminate hurdles and improve healthcare access for patients.
In today’s digital era, healthcare providers who adopt new digital tools and technologies into their care management plans will be in better position to capture large market share and improve patient outcomes.