Digital tools can accelerate integration of physical and behavioral health services, says AMA

Integrating telehealth and other digital tools can improve the patient-doctor relationship and increase the effectiveness of behavioral health offerings, according to a new report from the American Medical Association (AMA).

The AMA, in collaboration with Manatt Health Strategies and other health experts, has identified solutions designed to increase access to these services through the use of digital technologies.

“The demand for behavioral health services is large and growing, but so is the potential of digital technology to support the integrated delivery of physical and behavioral health services,” said AMA President Gerald Harmon. , MD, in a prepared statement. “The AMA is committed to providing accessible and equitable treatment for behavioral and physical health needs, and the appropriate use of digital health technology can support the integration of behavioral health, especially in times of increased psychological distress and trauma.”

The report highlights the importance of demonstrating the value generated by digital tools for providers, patients and society as a whole.

The new report builds on the AMA’s continued commitment to accelerating the integration of behavioral health (BHI) into primary care practice by working alongside members of the BHI Collaborative to provide enhanced support and resources. factual.

Additionally, medical practices and healthcare systems can also access additional guidance on optimizing and sustaining telehealth in their organizations.

Through the AMA’s Telehealth program, medical practices and healthcare systems can also access additional guidance on optimizing and sustaining telehealth in their organizations.

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