AHA, AVIA Launch Assessment for Behavioral Health Digital Strategy

AHA, AVIA Launch Assessment for Behavioral Health Digital Strategy. A patient talks from home with a clinician via a telebehavoral health app.A new behavioral health digital strategy assessment — brought free to AHA members by a collaboration between the AHA and digital health consultancy AVIA — allows hospitals and health systems to advance the integration of physical and behavioral health with digital solutions. Taking the Behavioral Health Digital Pulse can help AHA members quickly benchmark their digital behavioral health initiatives against other industry leaders and gain insight as to what successful behavioral health strategy looks like.

Chart: Behavioral Health. Creating a comprehensive behavioral health strategy is critical, especially as hospitals move forward.The Pulse is broken down into two main components: increasing access and capacity and driving clinical innovation. Specific categories within these areas address such topics as peer support services, telemental services, emergency department-based substance use disorder (SUD) interventions and more. The Pulse ultimately helps organizations strengthen the care delivery ecosystem by analyzing how they can integrate behavioral and physical health care, improve workforce capacity through digital technology and expand SUD treatment capabilities. AHA members interested in participating in the pilot should contact Rebecca Chickey, AHA’s senior director of behavioral health services, at rchickey@aha.org or visit AHA’s Digital Pulse website for more information.

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