Millions of Americans nationwide are affected by wide ranging mental health conditions every year. According to the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI), almost one in five adults in the United States experiences mental illness in a given year. Moreover, to add to the woes, the non-existence of behavioral health data in electronic health records (EHRs) can underestimate physician EHR use. In fact, studies suggest that behavioral health information is an integral part of non-primary care patient health data, the absence of which can threaten physician EHR use.
In a 2016 study about the lack of behavioral and clinical health data in primary care EHR technology, researchers made a notable discovery. According to the findings, lack of exchange and information-sharing abilities including missing data-integration capability in U.S. health care have ended in EHRs with incomplete clinical information. The researchers observed that 27.7 percent of bipolar disorder patients and 27.3 percent of depressed people were not screened for mental health problems in their primary care EHRs. Additionally, the primary care records didn’t include data on mental health patient-provider encounters in a non-primary care environment. Also, a whopping 90 percent of the treatment services of chronic mental illness at hospitals were not covered in the EHRs, the study found.
Over time, such glaring inadequacies in the EHRs in the primary care sector have led to significant information gaps preventing doctors from gaining an overall accurate picture of a patient’s well-being. Therefore, integrating important behavioral health data into primary care EHR technology is the key to fill the existing information gaps and avoid possible pitfalls arising from mental health mismanagement, experts feel.
Sadly, despite the increasing awareness of the need to include behavioral health data in primary care, this continues to be one of the biggest problems in the country. Sharing of such information is seen as a major challenge owing to multiple technical and legal hurdles. In this regard, the 42 CFR Part 2 continues to be a major barrier. According to this federal rule, the different parameters involving the use of health data in mental health and substance use disorder (SUD) treatment were to ensure the utmost privacy of patients.
Failing mental health is a growing crisis in America
The human mind is extremely powerful, but people are not really aware of it. They believe it is not possible to control what one thinks. Based on experiences in daily life, thoughts seem to fly in and out of the mind, causing a temporarily fluctuating self-esteem. Such short-lived ups and downs are perfectly normal, but if they immensely impact the way someone thinks about himself or herself, there’s trouble brewing.
Studies suggest that emotional health problems are as important as physical health ones, which if left untreated may result in devastating consequences. Psychodynamic therapy, interpersonal therapy and cognitive behavioral therapy are some of the time-tested approaches to treat mental conditions such as depression after a careful analysis of the underlying factors. According to a 2017 report of the Mental Health America (MHA), 56 percent of adults battling mental health problems do not receive any kind of professional help or treatment. In the words of Paul Gionfriddo, president and CEO, Mental Health America, “Too many Americans are suffering, and far too many are not receiving the treatment they need to live healthy and productive lives.”
Therefore, intervention at the right juncture is essential, so that it does not snowball into bigger issues later on. The correct mental health care can eliminate an endless cycle of medicines or treatments and provide the needy with access to a reliable mental health care provider, well-equipped with the necessary expertise.
Mental problems are treatable
Mental health problems are a major public health concern in the U.S. Nipping them in the bud is the key to prevent numerous other maladies. Unknowingly, many individuals allow it to grow to an extent where there is no scope for recovery.
Sovereign Health of San Clemente, California, offers a variety of customized therapies for a wide range of mental health problems to treat the afflicted individuals holistically. Experts at our mental illness treatment centers are trained to identify the underlying causes and prescribe customized individual as well as group psychotherapy based on the patient’s requirements. Additionally, patients can also opt for alternative therapeutic activities to embark on the journey to wellness.
If you or your loved one is battling depression or any other mental disorder, call our 24/7 helpline or chat online with one of our representatives. Our state-of-the-art residential mental health facilities spread across California are known for their effective recovery programs, which have helped many individuals to regain control of their lives.