What does that mean? We’re at a critical point in the mental health narrative, not only in the United States, but across the globe.
“In light of recent events that have called greater attention to mental illness and addictions, it is important that we never lose sight of prevention,” says Dr. William Stadler, director and solution executive for Behavioral Health at Cerner. “We need to do our part as support organizations and health care providers to highlight stories about behavioral health, educate the public, chip away at the stigma and help those who are in need.”
Here, we’ve rounded up five stories that explore how health care organizations and clinicians can break the stigma around mental health and improve outcomes for patients.
“It’s important to recognize that a community mental health center can’t fight stigma alone. A community can do it in many ways – and one is just making it OK to talk about it. Employers can help by making sure mental health resources are available to their staff, and assuring that people are supported, rather penalized, regarding their mental health needs.” – Randy Callstrom
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American Hospital Association’s Most Wired Survey Innovator Award for its MoodTrek™ smartphone application. MoodTrek lets users — typically adults with depression or other mood-related disorders — log their moods, activity and sleep and share that data with their providers, which helps providers ascertain a more accurate view of the user’s day-to-day life. This app is about creating convenience for patients, who can document moods anytime and anywhere in a secure fashion. In this story, learn how MU Health Care developed this app and the success they’ve seen.
“Patients are at the heart of who we are, and we believe our patients deserve the very best in medical technology. Patients want options to receive care how and when they want. That’s why we strive to have an electronic health record that truly serves our patients.” – Jonathan Curtright, CEO of MU Health Care
Learn more about MoodTrek.
“We live in both our bodies and our brains every day; we can't afford to think of mental health as an ‘extra’ piece that is often treated separately from physical health. Organizations and business leaders can foster mental health awareness by providing mental health education and supportive services as part of an open and accepting culture.” – Dr. William Stadler
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4. Rogers Behavioral Health saves more than 2.5 hours per patient in nursing admissions, social services assessmentsIn 2016, the clinical staff at Rogers Behavioral Health dealt with a lengthy admissions process that had a negative impact on time spent on patient care. The admissions assessments took on average 404 minutes to complete. One year later, through efforts led by Rogers’ optimization team and in coordination with Cerner, clinical staff reduced the time spent on admissions assessments by 168 minutes per patient.
“Every minute you save reducing redundant questions in the admissions process gives time back to all our clinicians to directly care for their patients.” – Nicole Klaus, RN, director of EHR optimization and strategy
Listen to the podcast: In this episode of The Cerner Podcast, Brian Kay, director of clinical effectiveness at Rogers Memorial Hospital, discusses some of the challenges and successes he’s encountered on the path to clinical quality improvement in the health care industry.
Watch the video: The staff at Rogers Behavioral Health discuss how they improve their patients’ care with Cerner’s integrated electronic health record.
“Addiction does not discriminate. It affects people from all walks of life, educational background, religions. Doesn’t care whether you’re black, white, red or any other color. Addiction is a bipartisan illness. What I have learned in that is that we are all the same, and we as a community need to combat addiction in a way that helps us to come up with a solution.” – Dr. William Moyers
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With Cerner’s Behavioral Health solutions, health care providers can help patients live a more stable life by providing holistic, data-driven, preventative and supportive care plans and services unique to each person. Learn more here.