Using EHR for Behavioral Health

By April 6, 2017
EHR for behavioral health

An electronic health record (EHR) offers a new, more efficient method of client care for behavioral health agencies. In the past, an EHR system primarily centered around the needs of primary care physicians, medical clinics and hospitals. Today, a new breed of EHR is helping behavioral health providers diagnose, treat and affect positive outcomes for their clients. Using an EHR for behavioral health is replacing the traditional paper charts and other records that made sharing information for client care, billing and management reporting a tedious and time-consuming task.

A fully integrated behavioral health EHR solution combines all facets of an agency’s client care in one comprehensive system. Gone are the silos of information that meant awkward hand-offs between clinicians and billing clerks, which sometimes resulted in lost or missing information. Today’s behavioral health EHRs are client-centered digital records that are created, updated, and processed in real time, with easy availability to authorized clinicians, staff and management. They take into consideration the vast difference between medical intake of a patient and intake of a behavioral health client.

Improving Quality of Care

Using EHR for behavioral health clients allows easy access for clinicians, staff, and even clientele without the drawbacks of paper files. Clients can access a portal to check their records, schedule appointments, or request a medication refill. Clinicians have access to a broad range of information including a client’s medical history, diagnoses, treatment plan, medications, lab results, and other notes. When clients see several clinicians and social workers in an agency, a comprehensive, continuous record is immediately available to coordinate treatment and prevent errors like conflicting medications.

Access to Information

Paper charts, records and notes aren’t readily accessible and are prone to billing code errors that result in denial of claims. Using an EHR for behavioral health makes coding more accurate, resulting in fewer claim denials and quicker payment. Billing can auto-generate after progress notes are updated and electronic signatures captured, eliminating the paper hand-off between clinician and billing staff or administration.

Easy, instant access to client records is available to everyone in the agency who needs it: clinicians, front desk clerks who schedule appointments, billing clerks and administrators for revenue cycle management and executives for reporting and data analysis purposes. A behavioral health EHR is designed to share information with the entire staff in the course of client care and management.

The Remarkable Health Difference

Remarkable Health’s CT|One is a fully integrated behavioral health EHR platform designed to improve client care, create efficiencies that increase cash flow and improve revenue cycle management and automate functions, so your clinicians spend more time on client care and less time on the computer.

Contact us today to request a demo today to discover the power of an EHR solution designed specifically for behavioral health providers.