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The 2012 SAAS National Conference and NIATx Summit in New Orleans reminded me once again what makes a great conference: people, of course.
As always, the attendees at our conference helped make it great. Your dedication to the field and the clients you serve really energized the event. I’d like to thank you for attending and helping make this conference a success.
Other people helped make this a great conference, too. That includes the conference advisory committee, co-chairs, and members of the NIATx, SAAS, and Site Solutions Worldwide teams involved in the planning and execution of the conference: from choosing a location, to selecting and scheduling presenters and workshops, to producing the conference program, and just in general, taking care of the hundreds of details involved in hosting a national event.
In New Orleans, these teams and the Blue Crew once again came through with their characteristic flexibility, making quick adjustments behind the scenes when necessary-so if there was a glitch anywhere, you never knew it. This year's exhibitors presented another great array of products and services, and the staff at the New Orleans Marriott showed us the hospitality the city is famous for. And some pretty good food, too!
You can find the conference workshop and Deep Dive materials on the conference web page, along with details of next year’s event in San Diego, July 14-17. I hope to see you there!
Of course we want next year to be even better. So post a comment and let us know your thoughts. And again, thank you for attending.
Monday, March 12, 2012
ACHESS is a mobile phone-based relapse-prevention system that offers support to alcohol dependent people when and wherever it is needed. Developed at the Center for Health Enhancement Systems Studies (CHESS), of which NIATx is a part, the ACHESS smart phone app is now being studied in a randomized clinical trial.
CHESS Researcher Andrew Isham presented some initial findings on the study at the 2011 Medicine 2.0 Congress last September. Click here to read a summary of his presentation.
Interested in using ACHESS? Click here for more information on using ACHESS through the CHESS Health Education Consortium.
Thursday, March 1, 2012
Process improvement increases efficiency, and so does technology. As NIATx Director Dave Gustafson pointed out in his January 23 blog post, communications technology is playing a bigger role in efforts to increase efficiency and serve customers better. Technology can help close the gap between the 20 million people in the United States who need treatment for a substance use disorder and the three to four million who actually receive it.
Kentucky River Community Care is one organization that is using both process improvement and technology to meet customer needs. This organization serves eight counties in eastern Kentucky, and was a grantee in the first NIATx initiative, Paths to Recovery. “Technology and process improvement go hand in hand in helping us adapt to the rapidly changing behavioral healthcare environment,” says KRCC Director Mike Kadish, who credits NIATx with helping his organization create a culture of change. Read more about KRCC’s innovations in the February 6, 2012, issue of Mental Health Weekly.