Health information exchange: HIE for behavioral health

Patient Safety Monitor Insider

September 9, 2015

Editor's Note: This article was written by Laura Young and appears in the current issue of Patient Safety and Quality Health.

Many states and communities are forming health information exchanges (HIE) to promote greater care coordination and collaboration across healthcare settings. Most of these repositories capture traditional clinical data, pulling from hospital and physician practice records, but behavioral health data is conspicuously absent. Historically, this lack of data has stemmed from a fragmented healthcare system. With the shift to value-based care, looking at many different aspects of a patient’s health is important and can help providers improve patient safety and outcomes.
The Behavioral Health Information Network of Arizona (BHINAZ) is the first-of-its-kind statewide HIE dedicated to behavioral healthcare, designed to share information with mental health professionals throughout the state and eventually with providers of physical healthcare as well. Sponsored by seven nonprofit behavioral health organizations, BHINAZ gathers, routes, and queries data from a wide range of service providers, including substance abuse programs, crisis professionals, general mental health practitioners, and children’s behavioral health specialists, in three separate repositories for clinical data, documents, and patient consent.

Read the full article at Patient Safety and Quality Health.