Paper screens are typically hand scored by staff at a single point in time. Calculating the results is designed to be simple but is often error-prone. For example, a key screening evaluation study following up on paper ASQ:SE-2s and looking at age group and scoring errors, showed error rates of over 30%. Computer-based screenings and assessments on the other hand are error-free. The chart ready reports that are produced in real-time, can use computed text, trending, outcomes, norms and recovery curves, to provide the in-depth information needed in clinical settings.
Asking The Right Questions
Producing a meaningful clinical report starts with asking the right questions. A paper screening typically has a fixed set of questions and produces a single result measure. Using app screening protocols to combine simple co-morbid measures works better. Apps implementing a computer assessment that measures and probes as needed works better yet. Consider expanding the screening opportunity to computer assessments using apps. It’s no more work for staff and has considerably more clinical value.
Computer Scoring Replaces Hand Scoring
Hand scoring is limited to simple sums and cut scores to break out the score out into result categories. Computer scoring does the same thing error-free and a whole lot more. Apps can compute T scores and pull previous results for trending and outcomes. They can look up normative information, applying recovery curves and computing metrics. Apps extend screening and assessment information in ways that hand scoring simply can not.
Produce Chart Ready Reports In Real-Time
Chart ready reports are just that. If you have an
interface, the reports are routed in as lab reports. Scores and computed results are routed in as lab data, all in real time. Reports can be based on one or more measures, showing the scores, results (including computed text and normative comparisons), trended results and item responses. The more in-depth the questions asked, the more in-depth the reported results.
Make More Qualified Hand Offs and Referrals
As more practices and agencies move to IBH programs, electronic screening and assessment plays an important role. For example if every time a client scores high for depression the protocol calls for a warm hand off, the local is going to get overrun and cost is going to go through the roof. A better approach is to detect with depression and anxiety measures and when elevated, follow up with an in-depth assessment before considering the warm hand off. More qualified hand offs will be made and the will not have to spend time getting the in-depth information already assessed.