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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.

Chair, Board of Directors
Allegheny County Medical Society
North Side

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