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Health Information Technology (HIT)

Health Information Technology (HIT) refers to any aspect of information technology infrastructure that supports communication and care coordination among a network of health providers, patients, and payers. It can include servers and broadband access, workstations and mobile devices, billing and claims systems, and many different types of software and firmware.

Behavioral health providers face unique challenges as they seek to adopt electronic health records systems (EHRs) and participate in health information exchange (HIE) and “Meaningful Use.”


GENERAL Resources

  • The Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology's (ONC's)  Behavioral Health and Health IT discusses the adoption of HIT among behavioral health providers and presents actions to improve information exchange .
     
  • Understanding the Impact of Health IT in Underserved Communities and those with Health Disparities from the ONC looks at how communities and providers use HIT to address the specific needs of populations experiencing disparities in access, quality of care, and health outcomes.
     
  • Using Health IT to Improve Rural Health Care from the Commonwealth Fund examines the Colorado Beacon Consortium's work. The Consortium supports a learning collaborative and provides coaching for 51 primary care practices in seven predominantly rural Colorado counties. It's part of the federally-funded Beacon Community Program aimed at showing how improved HIT can increase the quality and efficiency of care. 

  • Health IT for Primary and Behavioral Healthcare Integration Webinar
    Recording and Presentation

  • Health IT and Quality webinars features experts with hands-on experience from within the safety net community, as well as speakers with various grantee experiences and federal expertise.These webinars focus on health IT and quality topics based on feedback from HRSA grantees that includes becoming meaningful users of health IT.
     
  • The Legal Action Center in conjunction with SAMHSA’s Center for Substance Abuse Treatment (CSAT) conducted a four-part webinar on Alcohol and Drug Confidentiality Regulations. In 2010 and 2011, SAMHSA released 2 sets of FAQs addressing how alcohol/drug treatment records can be incorporated into HIT environment without violating federal alcohol/drug confidentiality regulations. Even after their release, questions about how to integrate alcohol/drug treatment records into HIT systems remain, and these webinars aim to advance understanding of how to do this.
     
  • A Guide to Privacy and Security of Health Information from the Office of the National Coordinator helps healthcare professionals better understand the important role privacy and security play in the use of electronic health records and meaningful use. Comprehensive and easy-to-understand, this tool can help all types of healthcare professionals integrate privacy and security into their clinical practice and includes a variety of sections, including a privacy and security 10-step plan and tips to manage security risk. Find more on privacy and security visit www.HealthIT.gov.
     
  • The Community College Consortia to Educate Health IT Professionals Program funds community colleges to train mid-career healthcare or IT professionals on HIT. The program aims to create a skilled workforce that can implement electronic healthcare systems and connects provider organizations with graduates to hire.
     
  • The HRSA Health IT Toolbox compiles planning, implementation, and evaluation resources to help community health centers, other safety net providers, and ambulatory care providers implement HIT applications in their facilities.
     
  • National Association of Community Health Centers provides a variety of tools and resources to assist health centers selecting and implementing HIT.
     
  • Learn the HIT Acronyms.

Electronic Health Records (EHR)


Meaningful Use

  • The "Ten Minutes at a Time (or less!)" Health Information Technology (HIT) Library offers concise, voice-narrated PowerPoints, packed with information for PBHCI grantees and behavioral health providers about Stage 1 Meaningful Use and Project Management.
     
  • The Medicaid EHR Incentive Program is a voluntary program established by Congress and administered by each state. Every state will have an incentive program in the future and has an estimated launched date on which it intends to begin accepting registrations for their Medicaid EHR Incentive Program.
     
  • CMS’ Meaningful Use Medicaid Registration provides a step-by-step guide for the Medicaid Eligible Professionals HER Incentive Program.
     
  • The Health Information Technology for Economic and Clinical Health (HITECH) Act aims to improve healthcare delivery and patient care. HITECH’s provisions are designed to work together to provide the necessary assistance and technical support to providers, enable coordination and alignment within and among states, establish connectivity to the public health community in case of emergencies, and assure the workforce is properly trained and equipped to be meaningful users of EHRs. HITECH authorizes a Health Information Technology Extension Program that consists of Health Information Technology Regional Extension Centers (RECs) that offer providers with technical assistance and a national Health Information Technology Research Center.

Health Information Exchange (HIE)

Want more information about Behavioral Health and Information Exchange? Check out our newest edition of eSolutions: Health Information Exchange: IT Gets Real in the Field

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Health Information Technology (HIT)

Health Information Technology (HIT) refers to any aspect of information technology infrastructure that supports communication and care coordination among a network of health providers, patients, and payers. It can include servers and broadband access, workstations and mobile devices, billing and claims systems, and many different types of software and firmware.

Behavioral health providers face unique challenges as they seek to adopt electronic health records systems (EHRs) and participate in health information exchange (HIE) and “Meaningful Use.”


GENERAL Resources

  • The Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology's (ONC's)  Behavioral Health and Health IT discusses the adoption of HIT among behavioral health providers and presents actions to improve information exchange .
     
  • Understanding the Impact of Health IT in Underserved Communities and those with Health Disparities from the ONC looks at how communities and providers use HIT to address the specific needs of populations experiencing disparities in access, quality of care, and health outcomes.
     
  • Using Health IT to Improve Rural Health Care from the Commonwealth Fund examines the Colorado Beacon Consortium's work. The Consortium supports a learning collaborative and provides coaching for 51 primary care practices in seven predominantly rural Colorado counties. It's part of the federally-funded Beacon Community Program aimed at showing how improved HIT can increase the quality and efficiency of care. 

  • Health IT for Primary and Behavioral Healthcare Integration Webinar
    Recording and Presentation

  • Health IT and Quality webinars features experts with hands-on experience from within the safety net community, as well as speakers with various grantee experiences and federal expertise.These webinars focus on health IT and quality topics based on feedback from HRSA grantees that includes becoming meaningful users of health IT.
     
  • The Legal Action Center in conjunction with SAMHSA’s Center for Substance Abuse Treatment (CSAT) conducted a four-part webinar on Alcohol and Drug Confidentiality Regulations. In 2010 and 2011, SAMHSA released 2 sets of FAQs addressing how alcohol/drug treatment records can be incorporated into HIT environment without violating federal alcohol/drug confidentiality regulations. Even after their release, questions about how to integrate alcohol/drug treatment records into HIT systems remain, and these webinars aim to advance understanding of how to do this.
     
  • A Guide to Privacy and Security of Health Information from the Office of the National Coordinator helps healthcare professionals better understand the important role privacy and security play in the use of electronic health records and meaningful use. Comprehensive and easy-to-understand, this tool can help all types of healthcare professionals integrate privacy and security into their clinical practice and includes a variety of sections, including a privacy and security 10-step plan and tips to manage security risk. Find more on privacy and security visit www.HealthIT.gov.
     
  • The Community College Consortia to Educate Health IT Professionals Program funds community colleges to train mid-career healthcare or IT professionals on HIT. The program aims to create a skilled workforce that can implement electronic healthcare systems and connects provider organizations with graduates to hire.
     
  • The HRSA Health IT Toolbox compiles planning, implementation, and evaluation resources to help community health centers, other safety net providers, and ambulatory care providers implement HIT applications in their facilities.
     
  • National Association of Community Health Centers provides a variety of tools and resources to assist health centers selecting and implementing HIT.
     
  • Learn the HIT Acronyms.

Electronic Health Records (EHR)


Meaningful Use

  • The "Ten Minutes at a Time (or less!)" Health Information Technology (HIT) Library offers concise, voice-narrated PowerPoints, packed with information for PBHCI grantees and behavioral health providers about Stage 1 Meaningful Use and Project Management.
     
  • The Medicaid EHR Incentive Program is a voluntary program established by Congress and administered by each state. Every state will have an incentive program in the future and has an estimated launched date on which it intends to begin accepting registrations for their Medicaid EHR Incentive Program.
     
  • CMS’ Meaningful Use Medicaid Registration provides a step-by-step guide for the Medicaid Eligible Professionals HER Incentive Program.
     
  • The Health Information Technology for Economic and Clinical Health (HITECH) Act aims to improve healthcare delivery and patient care. HITECH’s provisions are designed to work together to provide the necessary assistance and technical support to providers, enable coordination and alignment within and among states, establish connectivity to the public health community in case of emergencies, and assure the workforce is properly trained and equipped to be meaningful users of EHRs. HITECH authorizes a Health Information Technology Extension Program that consists of Health Information Technology Regional Extension Centers (RECs) that offer providers with technical assistance and a national Health Information Technology Research Center.

Health Information Exchange (HIE)

Want more information about Behavioral Health and Information Exchange? Check out our newest edition of eSolutions: Health Information Exchange: IT Gets Real in the Field

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