The importance of rTMS in the clinical setting
rTMS (Repititive, Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation) has been proven to be more effective than the traditional approach of Medication and Therapy in treating people with clinical depression.
In fact, it can even be used in children to make sure that they will grow up without having mood disorders or any kind of mental illness as they get older.
And while you will find people who disagree with this method, it is important to take into account that rTMS has been used successfully by millions of people all over the world and its effectiveness rate was found to be very high in multiple scientific studies and trials.
Reduce lengthy charting
EHRs(electronic health records) and EMRs(electronic medical records)) are great, but they are not perfect.
They can make life a little bit easier, but they can also cause problems. For example, when you have multiple patients being seen by a therapist at one time, it can take forever to chart your progress or update treatment plans (if a patient has been discharged).
It is often difficult to know what information needs to be updated and how much. It takes an extra 30 minutes or so just to get through all your charts which means you spend more time working on paperwork than interacting with patients.
This is where real-time mental health software comes into play: It allows therapists to spend more time helping their patients rather than scrambling for papers.
Improve patient care
The use of RTMS has grown at a remarkable rate, over 160% since 2010.
This is attributed to its efficacy and efficiency when treating behavioral disorders that have proven resistant to other methods.
Despite its effectiveness, only 4% of mental health facilities use it today. When patients are sent home with prescriptions for anti-psychotics or antidepressants it is almost always prescribed long term as an ongoing treatment which can become costly for both patient and provider.
Studies show that less than 40% of patients stay on their medication once they go back home due to a lack of support from family members or caregivers.
This typically results in a revolving door policy where patients will frequently be readmitted into the hospital due to relapse or side effects from their medication, creating further strain on an already strained system.
Improve collaboration among clinicians
There is great power in a clinician seeing one patient at a time. In many specialties, if it is not happening now, it will be within five years.
And for good reason providers and health systems want to reduce fragmentation, unnecessary services and mistakes, meanwhile, patients are seeking more customized care.
Multiplying patients per provider is not what any party wants or needs.
Although easier said than done, integrating team-based care into your organization can improve quality and lower costs without sacrificing satisfaction levels from all parties involved clinicians and patients alike.
With greater interdisciplinary collaboration comes an increased level of accountability for each member on the team, along with increased efficiency and access to more information about each patient.
Ensure privacy and security
A major concern with using rTMS is that it makes access to information easy and convenient, but also leaves your data vulnerable.
To ensure privacy and security, keep patient files on secure servers so only authorized personnel can access them.
All files should be encrypted and password protected as well. Ensure wireless signals are scrambled to prevent intruders from accessing unauthorized information (like credit card numbers or social security numbers).
Also, use firewalls on personal devices like laptops or smart phones if they are used to send private information.
Provide efficiency through data analytics
If you want to provide better efficiency, data analytics can help.
Understanding your current processes and identifying opportunities for improvement will allow you to plan your workflow and eventually ensure that each step is being completed as efficiently as possible.
Once you have a firm grasp on your processes, it is time to start looking at ways technology can help you do more with less.
The most efficient way to get started with analytics is through big data this means collecting information from all over your company or organization and looking for patterns among it all.
This might seem overwhelming at first but once you know what information is available, it gets easier.