Existing cognitive care solutions have limitations that make it challenging to create a truly comprehensive view of patient cognition. As discussed in our previous blog, it’s difficult to:
- Establish a reliable baseline and use cognitive data to assist in diagnosis
- Track improvement to adjust treatment
- Communicate results to patients to demonstrate the value of cognitive care
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Modern Cognitive Care Solution: The CBS Health Platform
Recent improvements in technology and scientific methods have helped to modernize cognitive care solutions. These new tools make it easy to connect care and cognition, bringing together subjective and objective measures to improve clinical decision-making and provide better cognitive care.
CBS Health is an objective supplementary cognitive care solution that does not require clinicians to change or replace anything they’re already doing. Instead, it serves to confirm, validate, and strengthen diagnostic decisions. In addition, due to the sensitivity of the tests to change, CBS Health gives healthcare providers a way to detect shifts in cognitive function much earlier by establishing a personalized baseline measure that is consistently referred to as patients move through their treatment.
Comprehensive Assessments to Assist With Diagnosis and Establish a Baseline
CBS Health allows clinicians to administer 12 core tasks of cognitive function as well as many standard questionnaires such as the Patient Health Questionnaire-9 (PHQ-9), General Anxiety Disorder-7 (GAD-7), Perceived Stress Scale (PSS), Rivermead Post-Concussion Symptoms Questionnaire (RPQ), and many more.
Using our cognitive care solution, assessments are easy to administer and don’t require clinical supervision. This means they can be performed in the traditional clinic setting or sent electronically to be self-administered by the patient in the comfort of their home. The tasks are highly gamified and engaging and take only 1.5 to 3 minutes to complete. They also adapt to the patient’s abilities, becoming easier or harder depending on patient performance. In addition, there are near-infinite problem sets within each task such that no attempt is ever the same, leading to strong test-retest reliability metrics and minimal practice effects. With a set baseline, clinicians can monitor patients consistently for performance stability and begin to track an objective indicator for cognitive change. Numerous brain imaging studies have directly linked neural activity in specific regions with each task, giving clinicians the tools needed to connect performance with brain disorders and deficits.
CBS Health is an online brain health assessment platform that takes seconds to set up, is engaging and enjoyable for patients, and produces a reliable and scientifically validated cognitive assessment report in as little as 15 minutes.
CBS Health offers a centralized platform for clinicians to offer modern standardized cognitive and behavioral health assessments for patients seeking help with:
- Post-concussion syndrome
- Sleep disorders
- Substance abuse
The CBS Health objective cognition tasks provide a comprehensive evaluation that fills the gaps left by patient interviews, self-report scales, and traditional neuropsychological exams.
Longitudinal Monitoring to Track Improvement and Adjust Treatment
CBS Health includes reports that objectively track a patient’s cognitive function longitudinally. Monitoring over time gives clinicians the ability to measure the effects of interventions like medication, psychotherapy, sleep, or lifestyle changes to see if the patient is improving or maintaining their cognitive function in the target domains based on meaningful, data-driven change indicators. The cognitive care solution reports show each patient’s results plotted over time to track changes easily. For example, this feature can help monitor a stroke patient’s recovery after six months of rehab or be used on an ongoing basis as a patient completes cognitive behavioral therapy exercises.
Longitudinal monitoring and interval testing are made more accessible than ever, with the ability to schedule regular assessments far into the future via email. Specialists can determine the intervals at which assessments should be completed, automatically schedule the tests for sending, customize intervals of reminder emails, and even change all elements remotely to pause the process if the tests aren’t completed on time. This makes long-term care planning more manageable with the ability to let protocols run automatically in the background.
A meaningful change indicator will alert you to a degree of change from baseline that would not be expected by chance. This information helps evaluate the success of an intervention or the need for a change in treatment, and provides data-driven insights to spark patient conversations about symptoms and how they are feeling.
Simple Reporting to Communicate Results with Patients
Upon completing an assessment, a comprehensive report is immediately generated. These easy-to-read reports are valuable tools in understanding a patient’s brain health and facilitating conversations with patients, family members, and caregivers. The CBS Health cognitive care solution is designed with accessibility in mind. Clear reports ensure that lay audiences and staff who are not well-versed in the details of cognitive function can understand the results.
Leveraging objective and quantitative data strengthens diagnostic decision-making and facilitates conversations with patients and families. Thus, clinicians use CBS Health not as a replacement for a complete neuropsychological evaluation but rather to complement patient self-reporting, serving as an additional tool to validate or rule out the need for further investigation.
A diagnosis plays a significant role in decision-making. Treatment planning, education, lawsuits, and time away from work are all impacted by a diagnosis. Communicating to family members and lawyers can be difficult when only using subjective data. Outside of a clinical diagnosis, parents, lawyers, and other parties need more objective evidence and ways to further validate a diagnosis before making any significant decisions.
CBS Health reporting is simple, so everyone—from patients to family members to lawyers—can understand the results.
Modern Cognitive Care Solutions—Benefits Beyond the Clinic
Today’s modern cognitive care solutions drive value beyond patient care:
- Reduced administrative burden: CBS Health offers many of the same tests administered by neurophysiologists, with the same valuable information but without the same resource investment. Assessments take only 30-60 minutes to complete and can be done in the comfort of the patient's home as a starting point to determine if an in-depth evaluation is necessary.
- Easy-to-use provider portal: Clinicians have access to the CBS Health HIPAA-compliant platform to manage all of their patients and assessments. Teams can create pre-saved configurations to send patients with a single click, or custom assessments can be sent each time. In addition, the provider portal makes it easy to administer telehealth options if patients are unable to come into the office.
- Simple pricing and reimbursement: The CBS Health platform is a subscription-based solution with a flat annual fee. It’s reimbursable through various CPT codes for numerous services, including telehealth, administering assessments to establish a baseline and diagnose, and other add-on services.
Healthcare providers need a modern cognitive care solution that drives care improvements and streamlines practice operations. CBS Health provides the tools needed to establish initial baselines and complete ongoing longitudinal comparisons to improve clinical decision-making. It’s time to enhance cognitive care with modern digital solutions that generate insights critical to advancing patient care.
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