A local psychiatrist and his team are leading the world in using high-tech data to improve mental health treatment. Their innovative assessment tool, CliniCom, was recently featured in Forbes magazine.
Dr. Nelson Handal masterminded the technology and conducted research at a local institution he helped found: Dothan Behavioral Medicine Clinic.
The online tool is much more than a simple “yes or no” questionnaire patients receive at most doctors’ offices. It is dynamic software using around 35 algorithms developed to evaluate patients. It’s “very agile, very fast,” Handal said.
Patients are asked about personal demographic and health, which help CliniCom generate specific questions for each user using logic programmed by software developers and mental health care professionals on Handal’s team. Each answer can prompt more questions. Answers are displayed in multiple choice, yes-or-no’s, scaled, or short answer formats.
CliniCom can assess patients for up to 52 psychiatric conditions in adults, adolescents, and children, simultaneously, the first in the world to do so in a single environment according to Handal (without being sent to different web pages).