Behavioral Healthcare Informatics

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Naakesh A. Dewan
Springer Science & Business Media, Jan 8, 2002 - Medical - 186 pages
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Behavioral Health Care Informatics is an essential resource for clinicians, executives, information technology officers, and consumers, as well as students and faculty in psychiatry, psychology, and social work who need to know what is possible today and what lies ahead as technology and behavioral health care converge. Covering a full range of areas from technology infrastructures to organizational issues, this book fills the void this discipline has endured by detailing how to improve information systems and facilitate the transformation of data into knowledge, allowing information to be organized and useful.

Edited by leaders in the field of managed healthcare, quality improvement, psychiatry, management, and informatics, this book is a "must read" in the field of health informatics and should be a reference book for any personal, public, or educational library.

The book is divided into sections serving as "modules" for the reader. Topics include:

-Emerging clinical technologies in psychotherapy and medication and care management

-The impact of technology on quality in both the public and private sectors

-Behavioral health consumerism and the Internet

-Organizational aspects of implementing informatics

-Managing clinical care in a pervasive computing environment


Naakesh A. Dewan, M.D., is Adjunct Assistant Clinical Professor and Executive Director of the Center for Quality Innovations and Research in the Department of Psychiatry at the University of Cincinnati. A noted scholar, consultant, and executive in the field of behavioral health informatics and quality improvement, Dr. Dewan has implemented and overseen informatics-based quality improvement systems in more than 150 hospitals and managed care organizations in his career. Dr. Dewan is also the founding editor for iMcKesson’s patient education software the "Behavioral Health Advisor," and sits on the board of IHP, a leading provider of XML-based solutions for health care and other industries. Dr. Dewan is a member of the advisory board of MD Computing and continues to practice both emergency and community psychiatry in Cincinnati, Ohio.

Nancy M. Lorenzi, Ph.D., is a professor and Assistant Vice Chancellor for Health Affairs at Vanderbilt University, Nashville, Tennesee. Dr. Lorenzi is a fellow of the American College of Medical Informatics and a board member of the American Medical Informatics Association and the International Medical Informatics Association.

Robert T. Riley, Ph.D., is president of Riley Associates in Nashville, Tennessee. Dr. Riley is renowned internationally for his skill in translating management concepts for the technically educated person. Dr. Riley and Dr. Lorenzi have coauthored a book for the health informatics sector on managing technological change.

Sarbori R. Bhattacharya, M.D., is an Informatics and Quality Improvement fellow at the Center for Quality Innovations and Research in the department of Psychiatry at the University of Cincinnati, Ohio.


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Behavioral Health and Informatics An Overview
Technology Infrastructures
Clinicians Issues
Knowledge Delivery and Behavioral Healthcare Professionals
Decision Support Tools in Psychotherapy and Behavioral Health Care
Computerized Medication Algorithms in Behavioral Health Care
Consumers Issues
Managing Clinical Care in a Pervasive Computing Environment
Improving Quality and Accountability Through Information Systems
Decision Support 2000+ A New Information System for Public Mental Health Care
Organizational Issues
Barriers and Resistance to Informatics in Behavioral Health Care
Leadership Roles and Responsibilities of the Chief Executive Officer and Chief Information Officer

Behavioral Health Consumerism and the Internet
Older Adults Information Technology and Behavioral Health Care
Informatics and Quality Improvement
Organizational Aspects of Implementing Informatics Change
Evaluating the Impact of Behavioral Healthcare Informatics

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