GOSHEN, N.Y. (February 1, 2016) – WRS Health, a leading provider of Health IT Platforms and Tools for medical practices, announced today its WRS HS Digital Pen, the first mental health screening assessment tool and application with EHR integration. This comes in the wake of the announcement by the US Preventive Services Task Force that certified Screening for Depression in Adults as a B recommendation, effectively reclassifying it so that it must now be covered under the Affordable Care Act.
“The USPSTF recommends screening for depression in the general adult population, including pregnant and postpartum women. Screening should be implemented with adequate systems in place to ensure accurate diagnosis, effective treatment, and appropriate follow-up.” – US Preventive Services Task Force Recommendation
Depression Screening, especially with regards to pregnant and post-partum women, had not been previously seen as a serious issue, a perspective the new report changes. The report now places emphasis on depression screening at all practices, something that may put pressure on providers considering the challenges faced when recording the screening data through traditional tools such as paper, tablets or computers. The WRS HS Digital Pen serves as a next-generation tool and application that makes the screening process easy and user-friendly to the patient.
Speaking about the announcement by the USPSTF, Dr. Lawrence Gordon, founder and CEO of WRS Health commented, “This announcement by the Task Force (USPSTF) has been a long time coming and is very welcome. As physicians, screening for depression, anxiety and other mental health issues (CES-D screenings) has been an important practice albeit one that has not been given proper emphasis until now. However, with the reclassification of the practice, one of the biggest challenges doctors will face when screening for depression is how to accurately collect and record the screening data from the patient. For example, post-partum mothers who may be suffering from depression may not be in a position to verbally communicate their symptoms, which can lead to collection of inaccurate data. With the WRS HS Digital Pen, the patient need not verbalize anything, only having to use the Digital Pen to fill out the form provided and the data gets automatically added to their health records.”
The WRS “Health Screening” Digital Pen allows patients to complete the CES-D assessment during intake and results are automatically added to their patient record. The easy-to-use Pen does this through its full EHR integration, and “Dock and Forget” technology, which automatically adds patient data to their health record the moment the pen is replaced in its dock. This means there’s no human error that can occur in the collection or recording of the data. The Pen also significantly shortens the amount of time taken to do the screening, taking only on average between two and five minutes to administer. The Pen can be used to administer depression screening using the Edinburgh Postnatal Depression Scale (EPDS) or any other scale the doctor opts to use. In addition, using CPT Code (96103) allows for immediate billing to Medicare and most major insurance companies.
WRS Health is the leading cloud-based provider of Health IT Platforms, Tools and Applications for over 32 medical specialties. In 2014, WRS Health was awarded the Surescripts White Coat of Quality Award for e-Prescribing Best Practices for the fourth year in a row. WRS Health seamlessly integrates all of the clinical and business functions required for healthcare providers, including: Electronic Medical Records, Revenue Cycle Management, Personal Health Records, electronic prescribing (eRx), scheduling, website creation and content management, messaging, fax, order tracking, and billing — all at an affordable price. WRS Health is a Surescripts® Solution Provider for its web-based Electronic Medical Record (EMR) and Practice Management System (PM) V5.0. The EMR and PM V5.0 is Surescripts® certified for prescription routing messaging. It has been designed and built by medical professionals, who leveraged their expertise to help other healthcare providers with similar issues. More information on WRS Health can be found at www.WRSHealth.com, or by calling 1-866-977-4367.