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Advances in technology have improved healthcare providers' ability to rapidly diagnose patients at the point of care, screen for common conditions, and provide a variety of effective treatment options. Providers need to be aware of what innovations are available - or will become available in the near future. It is the purpose of Medgizmos to educate and inform healthcare providers regarding the latest and greatest technologies.

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Clarius mobile Ultrasound system facilitates POC diagnoses!

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Masimo Rad-Pulse Oximeter and Pediatric sensor!

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EM University educates providers about the new guidelines!

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Welch Allyn New 2021 Diagnostic Tools

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Coding 2021 New
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Is the “virtual medical home” of Andrew J. Schuman MD, who has been writing about medical technology and medical practice for over 30 years!

Update

July 28, 2021:  MDMtool.org online!   Masimo Rad-G Pulse Oximeter review now online.  Summer 2021 newsletter available for viewing .

E-Psychiatry

Pediatricians frequently have difficulty arranging mental health services for patients.  This is a consequence of an extreme shortage of Child and Adolescent Psychiatrists.  According to the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry (AACAP) website, the current need for Child and Adolescent Psychiatrists (CAPs) is 30,000 providers, but only 8300 are practicing, and this pool is shrinking. Because of this shortage of child psychiatrists, 75% of all mental health services are provided by pediatricians.

I recently co-authored an article on improving access to mental health services, that will be published in the August 2018 issue of Contemporary Pediatrics.  There are several striking statistics that emphasize the need for improving mental health access.

  • 20% of all children in the US have a mental health problem- but only 20% of them receive treatment 
  • 13% of children 8-15 years of age have a mental illness that impair daily living- in the 13-18 age group the percentage rises to 21%
  • 50% of lifelong mental illness begins by 14 years of age- 75% by age 24
  • The average delay between symptom onset and intervention is between 8 and 10 years

So how can pediatricians and family physicians facilitate mental health access for our patients, young and old?

One way of improving access to mental health services is by improving our skill set, by taking courses or being mentored by a dedicated Child and Adolescent Psychiatrist –  so we become more proficient in diagnosing and managing patients on our own.   Another approach is to embed a psychologist or psychiatrist in your practice.

The quickest and easiest way to facilitate access to mental health services is to consider providing telepsychiatry access in your office!   The video describes how this can be accomplished and discusses the E-Psychiatry  web site and service.  As discussed in the video, E-Psychiatry provides services in all 50 states.  Many insurances will pay for telepsychiatry if you access in your office.  Self pay patients should expect to pay about $175 per hour for Telepsychiatry visits with a psychiatrist, less for visits with a nurse practitioner.

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