Why Only A Continuum-Wide Approach Can Solve Healthcare’s Behavioral Health Challenge

May 3, 2017   |   Tridiuum

Anyone within an arm’s reach of the medical health ecosystem knows that behavioral health is an issue that needs to be solved. Due to behavioral health’s far-reaching impact and pertinence to care costs, quality and outcomes, bringing true parity between behavioral and medical care promises transformation for the entire healthcare landscape.

Technological disruption can make this transformation a reality, but not just any solution will get the job done. While individually valuable, the majority of technologies only solve one segment of the problem and therefore, lack the comprehensive functionality needed to result in transformation. Most of today’s solutions fit into one of the following buckets

Bucket 1: The Scientific Screeners

Solutions that fall into this bucket may pack a scientific punch, but at the end of the day, they are little more than the paper surveys of the past in electronic form. Albeit accurate, a screener solution can only uncover behavioral health conditions. It cannot help a provider efficiently carry those insights into action. In practice, a screener alone is unlikely to make a transformative clinical impact.

Bucket 2: Care Coordination Tools

Coordinating care is another component of medical and behavioral parity. While care coordination tools facilitate communication amongst care teams and may improve care processes, seldom do they possess the behavioral health focus to coordinate the right processes to proactively address the behavioral health needs of patients.

Bucket 3: Bolt-On Telehealth Networks

These technologies were founded to provide bolt-on resources to medical care providers that lack in-house behavioral health services. Typically, they deliver phone-based or messaging-based services for patients struggling with behavioral health conditions. While helpful, bolt-on telehealth networks do not accurately identify which patients are in need of services, effectively monitor progress, or empower providers with on-site networks to benefit.

Bucket 4: Data Makes the World Go Round

Last, but not least, is the data aggregator bucket. This bucket brings together disparate data sources to try to make sense of it all. Data has a sturdy position as the lifeblood of today’s care ecosystem, however, these solutions do not create the rich behavioral health data needed to solve the problem at hand.

Tridiuum1 is the only product that brings total parity to medical and behavioral health. The advanced technology, based on 20 years of NIH-funded research, addresses the full continuum of care beginning in the primary care setting. By enabling providers and their patients to identify, manage, coordinate, treat and analyze behavioral health, Tridiuum1 transforms care quality, cost effectiveness and outcomes.

Do you believe behavioral and medical health should have total parity, and primary care is the place to start? Contact us today.

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