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Concise Guide to Computers in Clinical Psychiatry
     

Concise Guide to Computers in Clinical Psychiatry

by Carlyle H. Chan, John S. Luo, Robert S. Kennedy
 

This groundbreaking pocket guide, the latest in American Psychiatric Publishing's Concise Guide series, is an essential primer about computers for students, residents, and clinicians. It focuses on computer applications relevant to clinical psychiatric practice, including all the new tools for assimilating and managing the requisite knowledge (e.g., online Internet

Overview

This groundbreaking pocket guide, the latest in American Psychiatric Publishing's Concise Guide series, is an essential primer about computers for students, residents, and clinicians. It focuses on computer applications relevant to clinical psychiatric practice, including all the new tools for assimilating and managing the requisite knowledge (e.g., online Internet learning), facilitating the required documentation (e.g., electronic record keeping), and providing clinical service (e.g., telemedicine).

Divided along content areas that may be read independently as well as sequentially, these easy-to-read chapters explain everything from initial purchase and setup of your computer (including peripherals such as scanners and storage devices) to • Handheld computers/personal digital assistants (PDAs) -- Focuses on Palm and Pocket PC operating systems, which offer specialized medical applications in addition to standard appointment, memo, e-mail, and to do list features.

• Software applications -- In addition to the standard software and utilities, discusses software for voice recognition, practice management, electronic medical records, psychological testing support, and virtual reality (used in desensitization therapy for phobic disorders).

• The Internet -- Includes a wide-ranging selection of excellent web resources and covers e-mail, popular search engines, newsgroups and chat rooms, mental health resources, pharmaceutical information, journals and research, and medical sites.

• Telemedicine/videoconferencing -- Discusses the technologies required to conduct effective consultations, clinics, educational conferences, and even psychotherapy at a distance, including obstacles such as state-by-state medical licensing, emergency care, and privacy.

• Security -- Spanning confidentiality, integrity, and availability of information, covers passwords, encryption, and firewall software, in addition to anti-theft strategies such as engraving your name/driver's license number on your computer.

• Maintenance -- Presents prevention and tips, from startup to normal wear-and-tear to regular backing up (or copying) and defragmenting your data, uninstalling software, and disaster prevention.

The authors conclude with a chapter on future directions for technologies that affect clinical care, such as patient screening, treatment, and education and certification. Extensively referenced (including web resources) and indexed with an immediately useful glossary, this practical, convenient handbook is the ideal introductory reference for clinicians who are either new to computers or still contemplating their first purchase.

American Psychiatric Publishing

Editorial Reviews

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Reviewer: Michael Joel Schrift, DO, MA (Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine)
Description: This new book on the use of computer technology in psychiatry and written and edited by experts, is a valuable contribution to the field.
Purpose: The purpose, according to the editors, is to focus on computer applications relevant to the practice of clinical psychiatry and provide an introductory reference for clinicians who are either new to computers or contemplating purchasing one for the first time. The editors have succeeded in producing a very useful guide for the computer novice.
Audience: The intended audience is psychiatrists with basic or no knowledge of computer technology. It could also be useful for psychiatry residents.
Features: Topics covered in the 11 chapters include choosing a computer, desktop and notebook computers, PDAs, software, the Internet, telemedicine, security issues, and the future. There is also a useful glossary and index sections. There are helpful references at the end of each chapter.
Assessment: This is a valuable book summarizing the state-of-the-art in psychiatric computer technology for the beginner.
3 Stars from Doody

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781585621002
Publisher:
American Psychiatric Publishing, Incorporated
Publication date:
04/28/2002
Pages:
192
Product dimensions:
4.25(w) x 6.50(h) x 0.50(d)
Age Range:
18 Years

What People are Saying About This

Thomas A. M. Kramer

This is a clearly-written and well-organized book, which is no surprise since it is written by three of the finest teachers of psychiatric informatics. It is perfect for the relative computer novice attempting to upgrade their technology literacy. It appears to be designed for finding the answer to any computer-related question quickly and completely. It is a must-have for the psychiatric clinician who wants to know more about using information technology to facilitate their practice.

Meet the Author

Carlyle H. Chan, M.D., is Professor and Vice Chair for Education and Informatics in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Medicine at the Medical College of Wisconsin, Milwaukee, Wisconsin.

John S. Luo, M.D., is Assistant Professor and Director of Psychiatric Informatics in the Department of Psychiatry at the University of California, Davis, in Sacramento, California.

Robert S. Kennedy, M.A., is Editor and Program Director at Medscape Psychiatry and Mental Health, and Associate in Psychiatry in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Science at Albert Einstein College of Medicine in New York, New York.

American Psychiatric Publishing

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