"behavioral health" Posts

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Coalition of States, ONC & SAMHSA Successfully Piloted Behavioral Health Data Exchange

John Rancourt | June 27, 2014

A coalition of states, in partnership with the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC) and the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, successfully completed a pilot project for the interstate exchange of electronic behavioral health data using Direct. This activity illuminated some of the real challenges with using Direct, both technical and operational, but ultimately demonstrated that such exchanges can be performed.

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Using Health IT to Integrate Behavioral Health and Primary Care Information

Jodi G. Daniel, J.D., M.P.H. | September 16, 2013

This is one in a series of blog posts to coincide with National Health IT Week. To follow the conversation on Twitter, look for the #NHITweek hashtag.
Health IT can support better clinical decisions and coordinated care for patients.   As a key factor in health and health outcomes, it is critical to support health IT adoption and use by behavioral health providers and to use health IT to support integration of behavioral health and primary care information.

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Bridging the Gap Between Behavioral Health and EHRs in New Jersey

Bebet Navia, RN | May 17, 2013

The need for electronic health records (EHRs) designed specifically for those suffering from mental health and substance abuse issues has never been greater. Patients living with diabetes and cardiovascular diseases are twice as likely to suffer from depression than the general population.1
Hurricane Sandy, last year’s Nor’easter, foreclosures, unemployment, and the economy are just a few of the many external stressors and life traumas that may contribute to increased incidence of behavioral health conditions. And that doesn’t take into consideration personal stressors.

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