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Publish Date: 01/10/02
Media Contact: AHC Public Relations, (513) 558-4553
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New Textbook Explores Impact of Computers on Mental Health Care

Cincinnati--Naakesh A. Dewan, MD, adjunct assistant clinical professor of psychiatry at the University of Cincinnati (UC) College of Medicine, co-edited a book published by Springer-Verlag entitled Behavioral Healthcare Informatics with Nancy Lorenzi, PhD, professor, Vanderbilt University, Robert Riley, PhD, of Robert Riley Incorporated and Sarbori R. Bhattacharya, MD, a resident in the UC Department of Psychiatry. Lorenzi was formerly a professor at the UC College of Medicine.

"It is clear that technology in the behavioral health care arena has empowered consumers," Dewan said. "Besides e-mail, the search for health and disease-related information is the number one way people take advantage of the internet." Also, research has shown technology changes medical decisions and prevents errors. "Contributors to the book are leaders from academia, the government, pharmaceutical industry, managed care and the information technology industry," Dewan added.

Are we better off today because of the last two decades and advances into computer access and the rapid advances in the flow of information? Hot off the presses, this book answers these questions and also explains how computer technology provides mental health care practitioners with the secure and confidential information they need to help patients modify problem behaviors with treatments that have been shown to work.

Scientific editor of Mental Health: A Report of the Surgeon General, Howard Goldman, MD, PhD, said, "This new book is an important contribution, because it supports research and practice. We need a science of informatics to guide our choices and our decisions." Goldman added, "Behavior Healthcare Informatics, written by experts with a concern for technology and humanity, is a dramatic step in the right direction."

For more information or details about this book, please contact Dewan at (513) 558-2762.

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