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Work, An Intimate Act: Workplace Communication and EHR Adoption

Work: An Intimate Act

Intimacy, the workplace, and EHR adoption…it reads like a joke. The kind that uses the bizarre coupling of concepts and leads to the punchline, “…so the duck says, “Put it on my bill.””

Yet, as a caregiver committed to organizational fitness I believe that a broader view of population health is where we are headed. And now that the ACA is actively defining ‘workplace wellness’, there has never been a more perfect time to explore the relational overlap of work, intimacy, and EHR adoption.

Talking about personal interactions at work implies a relatively new demand being placed on the work environment; one for sustainability that refers to personal as well as professional systems. Not that ‘relations’ haven’t always been a part of management concerns. But with the continued lengthening of work hours and decline in job security – stressors not softened by social supports like paid family leave and universal child care – interpersonal dynamics often associated with private life are making the scary leap into the workplace. And as leaders promoting the bandwidth for this conversation, it may feel risky at times – but probably not as much as we fear.

Spiritually Integrated Therapy: An Interview with Kelly Arora, Ph.D, The Samaritan Institute

Samaritan Institute LogoPlease join us in welcoming Kelly Arora to Mental Health News Radio.  Our topic of discussion is Spiritually Integrated Therapy. We also asked Kelly to provide us with some additional information for our blog readers about her work, her role with the Samaritan Institute, and how she is working to broaden the reach of the Samaritan Institute.

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Kelly, tell us about The Samaritan Institute and your role there.

The Samaritan Institute is a network of counseling centers across the United States and Japan. Our affiliated Centers distinguish themselves within their communities by being “spiritually integrated”—addressing the whole person as mind, body, spirit and community – within the context of the therapeutic relationship. The Samaritan Institute headquarters’ staff is based in Denver, and we also have 5 part-time Center Consultants who live and work throughout the U.S.

Mentegram: Clinical Outcome Measures for Behavioral Health with Igor Holas


Igor Holas is a research psychologist, chief scientist, and one of the founding partners of a clinical outcome measurements software program designed for behavioral health.  Mentegram empowers therapists with the understanding for making better therapy decisions. The platform helps build and quantify mental health insights, that are often lost, between therapy sessions. As a result, both parties are better prepared for therapy. Because less in-session time is required for understanding issues, more can be devoted to addressing them. 

Innovators like Edison, da Vinci, Bell and many others are responsible for the world that we know. A world that is better. Mentegram helps bring innovation into studying and understanding human behavior, experiences, and well being.


Join us on Mental Health News Radio as we ask Igor about Mentegram, his background as a research psychologist, and why clinical outcome measures are increasingly more important to behavioral health providers.

Measuring Success: Behavioral Health Outcome Measurements and the Affordable Care Act

Sustainability and Structure

CairnThere are many factors contributing to the changes we see occurring within mental and behavioral health care: policy, resources, emerging technology and modalities, not to mention the day to day needs of both staff and clients. Adroitly providing service within this atmosphere of change is a central challenge for any practice.

To do so with stability – and sustainability – recognizes the utility of having a measurement strategy that is easy to use, reliable, and relevant. Emerging Behavioral Health Outcome Management (BHOM) technology offers just this type of strategy for programs to confidently step forward and meet evolving client as well as organizational needs. And finding a BHOM that works for your practice lends your organization authority by demonstrating in measureable terms your successes and ability to make relevant changes.

Online Psychotherapy and Groups: The Wave of the Future

rgt logoMore and more people are looking to the Internet for help of all kinds, including issues related to health and well-being.  There are many barriers faced when seeking psychological help. Working online reduces travel hassles and time, potential parking challenges, childcare issues, and provides access for those with mobility difficulties. 


 Join us on Mental Health News Radio as we interview Dr. Pec Indman to discuss this important topic.

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How to Comply with HIPAA in a Behavioral Health Practice by Roy Huggins, LPC

royhugginshipaabehavioralhealthIt was our pleasure to interview one of the few experts on HIPAA compliance for Mental Health practitioners.  Roy Huggins, LPC NCC is Director of Person-Centered Tech, a consulting and continuing education firm that serves the healthcare community. Roy worked as a professional Web developer for 7 years before changing paths and makes it his mission to grow behavioral health clinicians’ understanding of the Internet and other electronic communications mediums for the future of our practices and our professions. Roy also acts as Technology Chair for the Oregon Counseling Association, is an advisory board member for the Zur Institute, and is an adjunct instructor at the Portland State University Department of Counselor Education. He routinely consults with healthcare professionals on issues of technology in practice as well as compliance with the HIPAA Security Rule.


Roy was a guest on Mental Health News Radio.  Listen to his broadcast here.  

One of the topics of discussion was around EHR vendors and the fear-based tactics used to sell their software.  We have had many providers call and email stating they received emails about “going to jail” from EHR vendors. This information is wrapped in “we, the vendor, are simply supplying you with information to help your practice.”  These kinds of tactics are used for one reason and one reason only: to sell software.  everythingEHR is working to dispel some of those marketing agendas so providers have access to the facts.  


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