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Behavioral Health EHR Adoption Shows Promise in Survey

February 24, 2015 - In today’s healthcare sector, implementing EHR systems has become a way of life. It is nearly impossible for a medical office to avoid EHR adoption, said Jennifer D’Angelo, Chair of the new HIMSS Long Term Care and Behavioral Health Task Force and Vice President of Information Services for Christian Health Care Center. “From an interoperability standpoint, and from a reimbursement...


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The Importance of Efficient EHR Use in Behavioral Healthcare

by Kate Monica

While healthcare industry stakeholders agree on the benefits of EHR use and health data exchange among hospitals and primary care facilities, EHR use in behavioral health settings is still uncommon and lagging behind.   One behavioral and...

Behavioral Health System Invests Millions in Epic Implementation

by Kate Monica

Pine Rest Christian Mental Health Services recently approved a multi-million dollar investment in an Epic implementation at all of its facilities. The organization did not disclose the official amount of the deal. The Pine Rest Board of Directors...

NQF Promotes Use of Quality Measures to Improve Health Equity

by Kate Monica

The National Quality Forum (NQF) released a roadmap outlining ways to use care quality measures to improve health equity nationwide. “The health equity roadmap gives the nation a blueprint to eliminate healthcare disparities,” said...

Healthcare’s Growing Focus on Behavioral Health Data Exchange

by Kate Monica

EHR adoption and health data exchange have steadily increased across most care settings as a result of the EHR Incentive Programs. While the benefits of exchanging patient medication histories, visit summaries, and medical condition information...

ONC-REACHNet Collaborate to Use FHIR for Patient EHR Consent

by Kate Monica

ONC is collaborating with the Research Action for Health Network (REACHNet) on a pilot program to create an electronic patient consent form for more efficient patient EHR exchange.  The goal of the collaborative effort will be to develop...

MeHI $193K Awards to CEHRT Vendors Target Behavioral Health

by Kyle Murphy, PhD

Four certified EHR technology (CEHRT) vendors are the recipients of a combined $193,000 from the Massachusetts eHealth Institute (MeHI) at MassTech to support behavioral health data reporting across the state. The four CEHRT vendors — eHana,...

Evidence Supports Push for Social Determinants in EHR Data

by Kate Monica

Healthcare organizations today are expanding their ideas of what influences a patient’s health beyond orange pill bottles and family history. Increasingly, physicians are adamant about the underlying influence of social determinants of...

New SHIEC Member Supports Behavioral Health Data Exchange

by Kate Monica

The Strategic Health Information Exchange Collaborative (SHIEC) recently extended membership to Reliance eHealth Collaborative to expand the initiative’s support of behavioral health data exchange. The health information exchange is a community-based...

California Looks to Support Behavioral Health Data Exchange

by Kyle Murphy, PhD

The California Health & Human Services Agency’s Office of Health Information Integrity includes a litany of use cases in the recently published State Health Information Guidance to illustrate numerous instance where sharing protect...

Calculating the Cost of Behavioral Health Data Exchange

by Kate Monica

The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) has issued a final rule to ease health data exchange of certain behavioral health information and touches on the health IT implications for sharing these records electronically. Dubbed the Confidentiality...

Removing Barriers to Behavioral Health Information Exchange

by Kyle Murphy, PhD

Health information exchanges enabled connections across the care continuum, but behavioral health providers still face challenges integrating their work with that of primary care to improve patient outcomes. New resources made available by the...

Health Information Exchange Partnerships Extend Data Sharing

by Kyle Murphy, PhD

A series of partnerships among health information exchanges will extend the range of several networks to provide health data for patients receiving care in multiple states. Earlier this week, Kansas Health Information Network (KHIN) and Health...

Is EHR Usability Design Ethical for Behavioral Healthcare?

by Sara Heath

While EHR usability design is often centered on producing quality care outcomes, they may not be ideal for integrating the tools into behavioral healthcare. In many cases, EHR design may not be ethical for behavioral healthcare. In a recent article...

Lack of Behavioral Health Data Threatens Physician EHR Use

by Kyle Murphy, PhD

How effective can physician EHR use prove without including non-primary care patient health data, especially behavioral health information? That is one of several questions raised by researchers in a recent study in the Journal of the American...

Debating Role of EHR Use in Behavioral Health Integration

by Kyle Murphy, PhD

While many inpatient and ambulatory care organizations and providers are maturing in their EHR use, their counterparts in behavioral health continue to lag behind in their use of the technology for documenting and coordinating care delivery....

Interoperable EHRs Coming to More Care Facilities, CMS Says

by Sara Heath

Health technology and interoperable EHRs are about to reach even more patients, according to a recent announcement from the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS). In a blog post, CMS acting administrator Andy Slavitt and Department...

How to Incorporate Social, Behavioral into EHR Technology

by Kyle Murphy, PhD

The American Academy of Nursing (AAN) is calling for the inclusion of social and behavioral health data into the electronic health record in order to complete the digital picture of a patient's health and inform improved care decision-marking....

Connecting Behavioral Health EHR to HIT Community at Large

by Kyle Murphy, PhD

Behavioral health EHR adoption is on the radar of health IT developers already well position in acute and ambulatory settings. For behavioral health organizations and providers, the challenge of EHR integration centers of the difference in provider...

Behavioral Health EHR Adoption Shows Promise in Survey

by Vera Gruessner

In today’s healthcare sector, implementing EHR systems has become a way of life. It is nearly impossible for a medical office to avoid EHR adoption, said Jennifer D’Angelo, Chair of the new HIMSS Long Term Care and Behavioral Health Task...

Should Meaningful Use Capture Social, Behavioral Health?

by Kyle Murphy, PhD

IOM wants 12 standard measures social and behavioral domains measures of social and behavioral determinants included in meaningful use requirements. The Institute of Medicine (IOM) has identified a dozen standard measures social and behavioral...

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