Envisioned as an indispensable hub of patient data, EHRs now face criticism for being time-consuming and difficult. Behavioral health leaders should be a leading voice in efforts to improve the technology.
Citing data from the 2017 National Survey of Substance Abuse Treatment Services, an Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology data brief notes that 29% of providers use only electronic records and 57% have a combination of electronic and paper records.
Apple has announced that it is launching a feature that will allow consumers to see their medical records on their iPhones. It's a far-reaching platform, considering that in 2016 alone, Apple sold 211.88 million iPhones.
The use of EHRs in behavioral health is significantly lower than general healthcare, and developing structure and standardization will be critical for increasing the tech’s viability, according to a new report.