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Behavioral Health - HITECH Act

The government has not included Behavioral Health in the HITECH Act. Why do you think they have not? What are some of the Behavioral Health challenges for EHR implementations?

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The government has not included Behavioral Health in the HITECH? Act. Why do you think they have not? What are some of the Behavioral Health challenges for EHR implementations?

The government has not included Behavioral Health in the HITECH Act because they are under the impression that mental health is different from physical health. This belief is currently a myth in the healthcare industry. Mental health is not the same as physical health in that it is different from "antibiotics, physicals, and x-rays." ...

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Behavioral health is the practice of medicine dealing with the treatment of the mentally ill and insane patients. In the healthcare industry, there is a myth that the mental health belong to a separate branch of medicine. Mental health is different from physical health and should not be included in the electronic health records. This belief is an ongoing issue for behavioral health specialist and must be change.

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