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Behavioural Healthcare: is a psychological approach to population-based clinical healthcare that is simultaneously co-located, collaborative, and integrated within the primary care clinic. The goal of Behavioural healthcare is to improve and promote overall health within the general population. This approach is important because approximately half of all patients in primary care present with psychiatric comorbidities, and 60% of psychiatric illness is treated in primary care. Primary Care practice has traditionally adopted a generalist approach whereby physicians are trained in the medical model and solutions to problems typically involve medications, procedures, and advice. The total spending for those with behavioral health issues is estimated to be $525 billion annually; total healthcare spending is estimated to be $1.7 trillion annually. One out of five American adults experiences a mental illness every year. These conditions cost US businesses more than $440 billion annually. Yet behavioral healthcare has long languished on the backburner. That will begin to change in 2016 as the industry’s stakeholders—from employers to insurers—recognize mental health as important to their employees’ and customers’ well-being and productivity.
Behavioral healthcare providers also are using technology to conduct virtual visits directly with patients. In 2014, the US Department of Veterans Affairs delivered 325,000 behavioral telehealth visits to over 100,000 veterans at local community-based clinics using videoconferencing. These services reduced psychiatric admissions by 24%. Now the department is taking the same technology into veterans’ homes via computers, tablets and mobile apps to aid in patient screening and education.