Addressing patients' behavioral healthcare needs in the wake of a natural disaster

In a recently published article on Becker's Health IT & CIO Report, InSync Healthcare Solutions CFO Charlie Hutchinson explores the importance of caring for a patient's mental well-being following a natural disaster.

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Typically with natural disasters, such as hurricanes, wildfires, earthquakes, flooding, etc., most of the efforts of first responders are geared toward victims' physical health and needs - and understandably so. Often, those are high-acuity needs, especially in the wake of a natural disaster.

But Hutchinson implores healthcare providers not to forget about victims' mental healthcare as well in these situations. Given that issues are not immediately visible, there's a tendency to dismiss behavioral healthcare until the problems have grown significantly. 

Mental-health illnesses and conditions, such as PTSD, chronic depression, addiction and anxiety are commonly reported after a traumatic event," Hutchinson said in the article. "And often times, people don’t realize the trauma they’ve experienced until weeks or even months after a hurricane, flood, fire or other event has passed.

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For behavioral healthcare providers, ensuring that patients do not fall by the wayside is much easier with the right healthcare technology tools in place, according to Hutchinson.

Read the full article to see which tools best position behavioral health professionals to provide quality patient care following natural disasters.

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