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Thank you for the story "Pennsylvania Doctors Complain of Lack of Psychiatric Beds and Seek Solutions" (Nov. 3 post-gazette.com).

As a local physician and a member of the Pennsylvania Medical Society, which is raising this issue statewide, I agree with my colleagues that this is a problem here in Pittsburgh. A computerized tracking system that allows hospital emergency departments to know real-time availability of inpatient psychiatric and detoxification beds would be a useful tool to improve care for these patients.

If our goal as a community is to help the sick, we must make sure our medical teams have the tools they need to connect patients with the right care. Today's technology and a little collaboration between health care entities would improve our ability to provide appropriate facilities to provide needed care and treatment.

RAJIV VARMA, M.D.
Chair, Board of Directors
Allegheny County Medical Society
North Side


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