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February 22, 2017

How to make sense of an apples-to-oranges comparison Shopping for the right mental health EHR can be challenging for private practices. Software vendors package feature sets and services in different ways, making it difficult to compare one solution to another. The search for the right mental health EHR often results in going too big (paying…
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February 20, 2017

Though too humble to say so himself, Joseph Bona, MD, MBA is the embodiment of the future of behavioral healthcare. As chief executive officer and former long-standing chief medical officer of DeKalb Community Service Board, one of the largest behavioral healthcare organizations in Georgia, Bona has direct insight into both the correlation between physical and…
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February 10, 2017

Technology continues to improve our lives in important and meaningful ways, yet the behavioral health EHR has been comparatively slow to improve. Typically, EHR users have had to hunt across multiple tabs for required entry fields, and the more robust the solution involved, the more complicated the process became. The Valant Platform challenges convention by…
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February 7, 2017

It’s virtually impossible to keep your finger on the pulse of behavioral health innovators without meeting Don Savoie. Don began his career in technology before realizing his true calling in behavioral health, and became a key player in the behavioral healthcare technology movement. Valant had the distinct honor of chatting with Don Savoie to talk…
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February 1, 2017

What to consider when shopping for your mental health practice Private mental health practices must operate within tight budget constraints. As such, they are generally cautious as to what investments they are willing to make, for mismanaging business decisions can very easily result in budget shortfalls. An EHR system is a significant investment, and one…
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January 26, 2017

Why the importance of mental health care is newsworthy outside the context of mass violence We now live in an age where we aren’t surprised to learn of episodes of mass violence on the evening news. It’s a growing problem in the United States and has sparked an urgent discussion over its root causes and…
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January 19, 2017

The six essential tips for busy behavioral health professionals Behavioral health care demands a lot from clinical and administrative professionals. Despite the convenience offered by modern technology, being constantly connected can compound your workload, effectively keeping you closer to your work responsibilities even when you’re out of the office. Understandably, there is a real struggle…
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January 16, 2017

Debunking five common behavioral health falsehoods The stigmas surrounding mental illness and substance abuse are an ongoing challenge. Close to 90% of individuals with a mental health diagnosis stated that at some point they had personally experienced discrimination resulting from stigma. Some of the consequences of stigmatization include social isolation, the reluctance to actively seek…
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January 9, 2017

The fundamentals of creating an empathetic space for behavioral health care Creating the appropriate environment in your office is essential in the provision of behavioral health care, as studies have shown that patients respond to the visual atmosphere of the therapy space*. Positive emotions can facilitate healing and wellness, while negative emotions can create isolation…
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December 26, 2016

An unprecedented analysis of the nature of substance abuse disorder The surgeon general recently published a report on the state of substance use disorders, and it arrives at a time when more people suffer from addiction now than from all forms of cancer combined. The report provides a much needed perspective on the nature of…
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