Interoperability must become more than a buzz word in the healthcare industry. For healthcare providers today, it is time to go beyond the technical sharing of data to look at the outcomes healthcare organizations and their consumers receive from data sharing and integration. Picture this scenario:
Some $25 billion to $45 billion per year is lost on poor transitions of care, meaning a failure of the healthcare system to properly transfer a client from the care of one clinician in a certain setting to the care of another clinician in another setting. There are many reasons for this, but it most often happens due to lack of information sharing. In the behavioral health community, where as many as 68 percent of adults with mental health conditions…
Prescription and over-the-counter medications are milestone medical advances that impact how we treat and prevent illness. Medication therapies for individuals with behavioral health conditions have become much more prevalent and accepted in the past 10 years. Nonetheless, it is primary care physicians that prescribe the majority of behavioral health medications; overall, 67 percent of psychopharmacologic drugs are prescribed by primary care physicians (Rural Health Advisory Committee, 2005).
A recent trip to Sweden reminded me about the similarities between countries. My Stockholm trip was the first of three European cities I visited as part of the International Initiative for Mental Health Leadership. This gathering expanded on previous efforts to share best practices in e-health and health information technology for behavioral healthcare. Because Sweden was the host, we heard more about their system than others, but the problems they’re trying to solve are fundamentally the same as in the rest of the participants’ countries.
Healthcare initiatives like care coordination, interoperability, and CDSS all rely on the ability to reliably and quickly share information. To be certain healthcare providers are successful in the future, they must not only provide better care with less, they must also become partners with providers from treatment settings previously considered disparate. Whether these are providers of mental health, substance use, public health, or primary care services, they must open their minds to parallel treatment paradigms while opening their systems to…
Much of Meaningful Use Stage 2 (MUS2) is about data exchange and consumer engagement, with the ultimate goal being to impact the lives of clients positively.
The changes we’re facing in behavioral health and substance abuse treatment are breaking long-standing barriers within and between organizations. Because of technical advancements, we’ve joined other industries in exchanging client data…allowing us to treat the whole person. This is the most profound change within care delivery processes…at least in my lifetime.
In his keynote address Monday, Feb. 24, at HIMSS 2014, Aetna CEO Mark T. Bertolini declared “It’s the perfect time to change.” He makes the case for three key priorities for the country’s ailing healthcare system. Invest in helping individuals take steps towards improved wellness via healthy choices and lifestyle Improve the care of the chronically ill Align financial incentives As I walked up and down every aisle in the HIMSS
A Knowledge Driven Approach To Care Aug. 7, 2013 Welcome to my first blog on Clinical Corner! On August 14, I will be co-presenting a webinar as part of Netsmart’s Clinical Summer Webinar series. The webinar is called Imagining Knowledge-Driven Care: Seamless Knowledge Flow for Continuous Improvement.
Interoperability versus Confidentiality June 4, 2012 This is my first blog post and I’ve ruminated about what to write for several weeks. After much thought, it occurred to me that one of the biggest conundrums facing the behavioral industry these days is the challenge of Interoperability versus Confidentiality. So, let’s take a few minutes to explore this issue.