The Computerization of Behavioral Healthcare: How to Enhance Clinical Practice, Management, and Communications / Edition 1

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Overview

A Volume in the Jossey-Bass Managed Behavioral Healthcare Library

Offers comprehensive advice and practical guidelines on computerization that will fundamentally change the clinical practice, management, and communications of behavioral healthcare. Also provides suggestions for overcoming human resistance, and making a smooth transition from a traditional paper system to a high-tech computer operation.

The book contains black-and-white illustrations.

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Editorial Reviews

John S. Lyons
This book identifies and discusses many of the issues facing clinicians and administrators as behavioral healthcare becomes increasingly computerized. The book is divided into three parts. The first section is four chapters on clinical uses of computerized systems, covering such topics as decision support, outcome management, and computer-assisted therapy. The second section is five chapters focusing on management perspectives on computerization in various environments, including group practices, community mental health centers, and hospitals. The final section is four chapters on aspects of using computers to enhance communication. This book is intended to provide the reader with a broad set of perspectives on the implications for managed behavioral healthcare of the dramatic increase in computer access, power, and flexibility. As an all-purpose primer on these advances, the book succeeds in orienting the mental health service savvy reader to options for computer applications. The book provides summaries and critiques of some of the editing options in each area. The book also provides some useful hands-on direction in the chapters on such topics as managing transitions to a computerized system and using the Internet and bulletin boards. This book is likely to be most useful to mental health administrators and clinicians in group settings who are interested in rapidly ""getting up to speed"" on issues of computerization. The book assumes some prior knowledge of mental health services and administration. The book is fairly well referenced, and although there are not many illustrations and figures, those that are provided are clear and understandable. This book is well written andtimely. It offers an administrator in almost any organized setting a series of options and strategies for understanding and implementing computerization of behavioral healthcare. The book also offers clinicians thinking of organizing group practices with the tools needed to use computers to speed and simplify the process of getting organized. Although the book is broad in scope and many readers likely will prefer to pick and choose from among the chapters, almost all readers are likely to find helpful information presented in an enjoyable to read format.
From The Critics
Reviewer:John S. Lyons, PhD(Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine)
Description:This book identifies and discusses many of the issues facing clinicians and administrators as behavioral healthcare becomes increasingly computerized. The book is divided into three parts. The first section is four chapters on clinical uses of computerized systems, covering such topics as decision support, outcome management, and computer-assisted therapy. The second section is five chapters focusing on management perspectives on computerization in various environments, including group practices, community mental health centers, and hospitals. The final section is four chapters on aspects of using computers to enhance communication.
Purpose:This book is intended to provide the reader with a broad set of perspectives on the implications for managed behavioral healthcare of the dramatic increase in computer access, power, and flexibility. As an all-purpose primer on these advances, the book succeeds in orienting the mental health service savvy reader to options for computer applications. The book provides summaries and critiques of some of the editing options in each area. The book also provides some useful hands-on direction in the chapters on such topics as managing transitions to a computerized system and using the Internet and bulletin boards.
Audience:This book is likely to be most useful to mental health administrators and clinicians in group settings who are interested in rapidly "getting up to speed" on issues of computerization. The book assumes some prior knowledge of mental health services andadministration.
Features:The book is fairly well referenced, and although there are not many illustrations and figures, those that are provided are clear and understandable.
Assessment:This book is well written and timely. It offers an administrator in almost any organized setting a series of options and strategies for understanding and implementing computerization of behavioral healthcare. The book also offers clinicians thinking of organizing group practices with the tools needed to use computers to speed and simplify the process of getting organized. Although the book is broad in scope and many readers likely will prefer to pick and choose from among the chapters, almost all readers are likely to find helpful information presented in an enjoyable to read format.
Booknews
Offers advice and practical guidelines in nontechnical terms for computerizing clinical practice, management, and communications in behavioral healthcare. Describes advances in different types of software and online services and their effects on patients, clinicians, and organizations; demonstrates how computers are networked and how interactive systems help to contain costs; and presents a framework for measuring and improving clinical outcomes. For professionals in the field. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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Product Details

Meet the Author

TOM TRABIN Ph.D., M.Sc.M., is vice president for informatics and outcomes initiatives for CentraLink and is associate editor of the journal Behavioral Healthcare Tomorrow.
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Table of Contents

Foreword
Introduction
1 How Information Technologies Are Transforming Behavioral Healthcare 3
2 Clinical Decision Support Systems 11
3 The Use of Computers in Therapy 39
4 Clinical Assessment and Outcomes Measurement 63
5 Easing the Transition from Paper to Computer-Based Systems 87
6 Computerization in Group Practices 108
7 Computerization in County and Community Mental Health Centers 124
8 Computerization in Hospital-Based Delivery Systems 151
9 Computerization in Managed Behavioral Healthcare Companies 172
10 The Need to Know Versus the Right to Privacy 191
11 The Rapid Growth of Electronic Communication 213
12 How to Use the Internet and Electronic Bulletin Boards 228
13 The Past, Present, and Future of Data Standards 254
Epilogue 270
About the Authors 272
Index 282
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