The Navy Mental Health Information System (NAMHIS): An Overview
NAVAL HEALTH RESEARCH CENTER SAN DIEGO CA
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A standardized mental health recordkeeping system has been developed by the Naval Health Research Center to serve as a basis for a comprehensive, automated Navy Mental Health Information System NAMHIS. The system is designed to collect and store information obtained in direct patient contacts to generate consultation reports and to perform administrative functions. An individual patient record is initiated when an individual first comes to an outpatient mental health clinic, and an AdministrativeEncounter Form is completed. It contains basic demographic data and information about who referred the patient, reasons for referral, services provided, and disposition as well as clinician and clinic identifications. Each time an individual returns to the clinic a Follow-UpEncounter Form is completed to record the service provided and the disposition. All data are entered into the computer via a terminal located in the clinic. From these data the following reports can be generated Report of Consultation, Monthly Managerial Report, Monthly Quality Assurance Report, and Monthly Outpatient Morbidity Report. Initially, the system will be implemented on a fully automated basis is one clinic in the San Diego region. Future plans call for regionwide implementation and ultimately recommendations concerning Navywide implementation.
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