In February of 2016 I wrote an article on using behavior portals to improve care. I’ve been an avid user of mehealth for ADHD for over 2 years and recommend that pediatricians consider its use. By having teachers and parents fill out Vanderbilt forms electronically, the portal does all the scoring and reports the results to the pediatrician. These reports can be copied and pasted into the record, imported as a pdf file, and printed and shared with parents.
Mehealth for ADHD expedite evaluations because you no longer need to wait to receive Vanderbilt forms via mail and score these manually (yourself or one of your staff). Best of all you can initiate medication and continue to send Vanderbilt forms to teachers and parents on a regular schedule. This facilitates monitoring treatment and when side effects are reported or symptom scores fail to reduce substantially – an alteration in medical management is often warranted. Unless you regularly utilize these follow up forms you may not be aware that the patient is not optimally managed.
The system is very affordable, just $880 dollars per year for the first pediatrician and $440 per year for each additional physician. As you can charge for reviewing Vanderbilt forms, typically you can recoup about $10 for each form reviewed – the system pays for itself very quickly.
Also consider that it takes just a few minutes to enroll and parent and child into the system, and often results are available within days. In my own experience parents appreciate the behavior portal as it assures them that their child is optimally managed.