Army Overwhelmed by Paper Behavioral Health Records
Army Can’t Track Mental Health Records of Deployed Soldiers
This is causing crucial delays in much-needed medical treatment for our returning soldiers because the military mental health providers are not using the EHR system and the application to scan the paper records is reportedly not ready for prime time. Coincidentally, the The Behavioral Health Information Technology Act of 2011 to extend meaningful use stimulus dollars to mental/behavioral health care providers was recently introduced (see https://bloghci.wordpress.com/2011/03/28/bill-to-extend-mu-incentives-to-behavioral-healthcare-providers-healthcare-it-news/).
According to reports, 20 percent to 30 percent of troops who have served combat tours in Afghanistan and Iraq suffer from mental health problems, but an investigation shows the Army currently has no way to consistently track the mental health status of soldiers deployed to the two countries. The service finds itself overwhelmed by paper behavioral health records because mental health providers who treat these soldiers are not entering data into the theater electronic health record known as AHLTA-T. Nor does the Army have a system to scan and code these paper records to support search and retrieval from the Defense Department’s electronic heath record. As a result, soldiers returning from deployment are experiencing delays with continued health care and/or filing medical claims to the Department of Veterans Affairs. To read this entire article, please go to: http://www.nextgov.com/nextgov/ng_20110303_5243.php?oref=topstory <http://www.mmsend57.com/link.cfm?r=139996760&sid=12724238&m=1269478&u=AUSA&s=http://www.nextgov.com/nextgov/ng_20110303_5243.php?oref=topstory> #
Posted on March 29, 2011, in EMR/EHR, News and tagged AHLTA-T, Army mental health, Department of Veterans Affairs, DOD EHR, EHR, electronic health record, electronic medical record, EMR, health information technology, healthcare information technology. Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.