Benefits of Behavioral Health Integrations

How Behavioral Health Integration Improves Mental Health Work

by exulthealth

Benefits of Behavioral Health Integrations

How Behavioral Health Integration Improves Mental Health Work

by exulthealth

by exulthealth

The rising use of technology in the health field has helped providers and patients track progress over longer periods of time and with more detail. This has been especially helpful in the treatment of mental health. This integration has helped providers give themselves and their patients the ability to have more measurable mental health goals.

Some Measurement Tools:

  • Quick mood surveys
  • Journaling or other types of digital documentation
  • Reinforcement of positive behavior with incentives/rewards
  • Monitoring indicators of stress variables (such as heart rate)
  • Remote exercises assigned by the provider

The Benefits:

  • More data points to analyze
    • Less reliant on patient’s memory
    • More continuous, real-life data
    • Can update in the moment of an episode, etc.
  • Ability to instantly check constantly updating information
    • More synchronized communication
    • More efficient appointments
    • Can target negative behaviors faster
  • Patients are more aware of results/progress
    • More likely to complete programs
    • Easier to build on positive behaviors
  • More flexible care
    • Can adapt to the patient’s individual behavioral data
    • Has the potential for remote care

Ideally, in the long term, this will lead to…

  • Accommodating larger populations
  • Lowering “unnecessary health care utilization and costs”
  • Feeling better faster

Although this type of integration takes time and money, the benefits to doctors and patients are worth the investment. Being more aware of the day-to-day behavioral patterns greatly improves mental health care and its outcomes.

Source: “Mental Health’s Strongest Ally: Behavioral Health Integration” by Mental Health America

Gabby Lundy, Exult Healthcare

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