Date of Publication:

January 13, 2011

This webcast provides full audio and video coverage of the December 1, 2010 Altarum Institute Health Policy Forum Roundtable entitled "The Promise of New Technologies in Providing Behavioral Health Treatment for Service Members."

This Roundtable addressed the challenges created by the rising demand for behavioral health treatment among service members returning from Iraq and Afghanistan. It also considered the technological revolution under way that may be able to transform behavioral health care and help to meet the needs of those now seeking treatment by using ubiquitous technologies like cell phones, PDAs, and Internet-ready devices to improve care and treatment for patients and reduce hospitalizations, increase access, and possibly lower the cost of care compared to traditional brick-and-mortar facilities.

Speakers included Kathryn M. Beasley, Deputy Director, Government Relations (Health Affairs), The Military Officers Association of America (MOAA); Patricia Driscoll, President, Armed Forces Foundation; Kingston Smith, House Veterans' Affairs Committee, Minority Staff Director and Chief Counsel; and Dr. Brad Smith of Altarum Institute.

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