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Current State of Sharing Behavioral Health Information in Health Information Exchanges

Abstract: A Dive into HIEs in 11 States


Lack of critical behavioral health information in a person’s health record —medical history, lab results, medication lists, treatment plans — can lead a provider to suggest treatment that could compromise safety, disrupt efforts towards recovery, or create other negative effects. 

Integrated care requires coordinated information sharing among diverse providers and treatment settings. Electronic health information exchanges (HIEs) can facilitate this care coordination to improve both the client experience and treatment outcomes.

The SAMHSA-HRSA Center for Integrated Health Solutions worked with the National eHealth Collaborative to explore the Current State of Sharing Behavioral Health Information in Health Information Exchanges. The collaborative created a final report that outlines challenges and opportunities for integrated primary and behavioral health care providers participating in an HIE and shares case studies from 11 states.

Inclusion of behavioral health information on HIEs will allow for more effective community-based and state-based planning. The case studies review the participation of both primary care and behavioral health providers in HIEs in Illinois, Kentucky, Maine, Oklahoma, and Rhode Island (as part of the CIHS initiative); as well as other initiatives in Colorado, Michigan, Nebraska, New York, Ohio, and Texas — each at different stages of HIE implementation. The case studies offer practical advice, and the full report can be a resource for providers looking to establish or participate in an HIE in their state.

Examples include:

  • Rhode Island’s Current Care segregates 42 CFR Part 2 information from other information on individual electronic health records (EHRs)
  • Maine’s HealthInfoNet offers four different consent options for sharing health information
  • Oklahoma developed a statewide voucher program to discount the cost for a provider to join an Oklahoma HIE.

Know of other resources helpful when considering participation in an HIE? Share with us. Email integration@thenationalcouncil.org.

Tags: Operations & Administration

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Current State of Sharing Behavioral Health Information in Health Information Exchanges

Abstract: A Dive into HIEs in 11 States


Lack of critical behavioral health information in a person’s health record —medical history, lab results, medication lists, treatment plans — can lead a provider to suggest treatment that could compromise safety, disrupt efforts towards recovery, or create other negative effects. 

Integrated care requires coordinated information sharing among diverse providers and treatment settings. Electronic health information exchanges (HIEs) can facilitate this care coordination to improve both the client experience and treatment outcomes.

The SAMHSA-HRSA Center for Integrated Health Solutions worked with the National eHealth Collaborative to explore the Current State of Sharing Behavioral Health Information in Health Information Exchanges. The collaborative created a final report that outlines challenges and opportunities for integrated primary and behavioral health care providers participating in an HIE and shares case studies from 11 states.

Inclusion of behavioral health information on HIEs will allow for more effective community-based and state-based planning. The case studies review the participation of both primary care and behavioral health providers in HIEs in Illinois, Kentucky, Maine, Oklahoma, and Rhode Island (as part of the CIHS initiative); as well as other initiatives in Colorado, Michigan, Nebraska, New York, Ohio, and Texas — each at different stages of HIE implementation. The case studies offer practical advice, and the full report can be a resource for providers looking to establish or participate in an HIE in their state.

Examples include:

  • Rhode Island’s Current Care segregates 42 CFR Part 2 information from other information on individual electronic health records (EHRs)
  • Maine’s HealthInfoNet offers four different consent options for sharing health information
  • Oklahoma developed a statewide voucher program to discount the cost for a provider to join an Oklahoma HIE.

Know of other resources helpful when considering participation in an HIE? Share with us. Email integration@thenationalcouncil.org.

Tags: Operations & Administration

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