Behavioral health has for some time now lingered in some challenges, cutting across the health sector, individuals and practitioners. The COVID-19 pandemic has in obvious ways shone more light on this niche of healthcare, relaying to the public that it needs to be paid some attention. In 2020, the Census Bureau reported that about a third of Americans showed clinical anxiety after the COVID-19 pandemic. Advancement in technology concerns the recent world trajectory serves as a plausible remedial to these issues. Moreso, this isn’t exclusive of the handsome profits that could be carted when used and managed rightly.
Amidst the global health crisis, mental health, and other related health issues, including addiction, are pretty more different plagues. The prevalence of these issues in society on a worldwide scale can’t be overemphasized. Considering this as a global confrontation also gives more than enough reason to seek efficient ways to work things out very quickly and differently than the previous ineffectual ways.
What Are the Benefits of Behavioral Health?
Physical and mental wellnesses are focal while discussing behavioral health. They are inseparable such that deterrence in one lead to almost the same or more detrimental effect in the other. Its importance makes of good essence the interdependence of physical, emotional, and mental as it regards an individual.
This provides suitable ways for individuals facing mental and related problems adequate care and management. The management period for these people could be quite extensive, requiring different resources with time inclusive. With the aim of reassuring and optimal health at the end of their treatments or sessions.
Challenges Of Behavioral Health Practice
Clinical practices are not without their holds of difficulty. Even with the advent of technology, they serve as the central hook for other forms of innovation in the sector. Health systems, especially behavioral health care, are confronted with a couple of highlighted and discussed below.
- COSTLY AND INACCESSIBLE HEALTHCARE SYSTEMS
The percentage of the world population that can afford a care system on its A-game is minute. While quality health cannot be limited to a particular caste, it’s still a serious issue to consider because of their riches. In situations whereby a specific mental health crisis is tied to a physical health issue, the poor man might sadly have to pay the heavy price of his life. And regarding this, most people would shrug off their unwellness with the hope of getting better because they can’t afford the cost of their treatments.
- HEALTH DRIVERS AND STIGMATIZATION
In fact, in most places around the globe today, this reason is why people don’t come out to address their issues. And contrastingly, this isn’t usually the case with physical health challenges. Most people, especially teenagers and young adults, would prioritize reputations over their health because they don’t want to be seen as their problems. Moreover, specific health drivers, like quality food, income, and quality living, have significant outcomes on behavioral care.
- BREACH IN SCIENTIFIC AND CLINICAL KNOWLEDGE
Most behavioral abnormalities are initially misdiagnosed. This is because scientific research about behavioral disorders is still developing. These disorders have various links of causes, symptoms, diagnoses, and prognoses. Right now, outright classification of causalities hasn’t yet been achieved. Hence, most cases encountered now are being treated, with several recommendations being made based on a trial-and-error basis. Unfortunately, the downside to these adverse health effects and sometimes death.
- NON-UNIFORM OPERATIONS OF HEALTH CARE DATA
Data sharing imperfection across health care data providers is another challenge. This doesn’t necessarily translate to interoperability among clinicians and other practitioners where data are transmitted.
Remedies To These Challenges
- Health care should be accessible for the populace regardless of class. The scientific breakthrough is more feasible when healthcare is available to all. Technology would help augment this by providing more digital care modalities, which would be accounted for by more expansive insurance coverage.
- Reorientation and sensitization of the local societies should be done. It is unsettling for people needing help not to seek it in these recent times of quality care because of stigma. A study by the Anxiety and Depression Association of America in a study discovered that 60% of US adults between the age of 18-25 view seeking professional behavioral care as a sign of strength, while 35% of adults over 26 do not. Cultural stigma should be discouraged, and the adult class should be more taught how to seek help and not mask their problems.
- More attention should be paid to science and technology. The rate at which this duo is breaking new grounds is impressive and fast. Considering the early stages of behavioral care science is on, it’s believed more outstanding discoveries would be unveiled.
- Easy data sharing and interoperability. Physiological and social data sharing would be a huge benefit to making findings. And with declining stigma, people would be able to come open with quality data for usage in research. Electronic Health Records (EHR) are an effective way to access these data.
- With the changes achieved, quality health would be dispensed to the people.
How Would the Revenue Boost Happen?
Technology and management in behavioral care have peculiar benefits to players in health care provision. The revenue boost will happen as follows:
- Employers can introduce different methods and workplace services that would help employees. This is from the fact that employers with behavioral needs are faced with the need to create innovations to meet the needs of employees in the field.
- Government policymakers are potent players in the behavioral health landscape. Working with other health sector players, they should ensure health care coverage. They should leverage new technologies in behavioral health, prioritizing new investments in the field.
- Public and Private sector insurers should focus on plans to support quality care. This includes ensuring proper collection of data and their analysis. Their access to these data aids their decision-making. They also shouldn’t lose touch with new technologies relevant to behavioral health.
- Care providers should harness new technologies to deliver better outcomes.
- The use of Electronic Health Records (EHR) helps save money spent on paper.
- More accessible health care gives room for more consumer insurers.
The behavioral health system is set to be transformed by technology. Hence, the only way to boost the sector’s returns is to prioritize technology. The rate of change with science and technology now sets a projection for future dependence.