Netsmart Releases White Paper: Managing Psychiatric Polypharmacy

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Supporting behavioral health clinicians with leading edge medication management solutions.

Solutions such as OrderConnect are an integral and invaluable component of prescription management and patient safety.

Netsmart, the leading provider of clinical solutions for health and human services organizations nationwide, today announced availability of a white paper, “Managing Psychiatric Polypharmacy.” The white paper raises awareness of inappropriate polypharmacy, or polypharmacy that goes against good medical evidence and practice, and provides possible solutions for behavioral health providers to help manage polypharmacy. The white paper is available for download on the Netsmart website.

While justified in many situations as an effective clinical intervention, polypharmacy is an ever-increasing concern for today’s mental health administrators. The amount of psychiatric polypharmacy has been increasing annually. Polypharmacy can quickly become a money drain for organizations. It is estimated that unneeded prescriptions cost the nation’s public and private health plans as much as $50 billion annually.

More than 700,000 people visit emergency rooms each year as a result of adverse drug reactions and 106,000 Americans die from properly prescribed and correctly taken medications. One of the most efficient ways to manage polypharmacy is through an electronic prescribing and medication management system. These systems can collect prescribing data and present it in meaningful ways to clinicians. One such system is Netsmart’s OrderConnect™, a secure, web-based electronic prescribing and medication management system. In addition to providing the ability to order medications, OrderConnect also has the option of being able to order lab tests and radiology tests. The system can be utilized anywhere one has access to the internet via a Windows® Internet Explorer browser.

"Through a commitment to provide health and human services with innovative technology that helps improve outcomes, enhances safety and reduces costs, Netsmart offers medication management solutions for mental healthcare providers to help manage polypharmacy," said Charles Klein, Ph.D., general manager, Medication Management and Pharmacy, Netsmart. "Solutions such as OrderConnect allow clinicians to improve quality of care and reduce medication errors. They are an integral and invaluable component of prescription management and patient safety."

Additional white papers on other current industry topics of interest to health and human services providers are available for download on the Netsmart website.

About Netsmart

Netsmart helps health and human services organizations transform care through the collaborative, coordinated management and exchange of clinical data across the care spectrum and through effective practice management that improves revenue cycle management. More than 21,000 client organizations, including 350,000 care providers and more than 40 state systems, use Netsmart products to help improve the quality of life for tens of millions of people each year. Netsmart clients include mental health and substance use treatment agencies, psychiatric hospitals, private and group mental health practices, public health departments, social services and child and family health agencies, vital records offices, and managed care organizations. Netsmart’s products are full-featured information systems that operate on a variety of operating systems, hardware platforms, and mobile devices, and offer unlimited scalability.

Netsmart provides the solutions and expertise that help its clients meet all the criteria for Meaningful Use of an Electronic Health Record (EHR) under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) of 2009.

Building upon Netsmart’s Complete ARRA-Certified EHRs, Netsmart clients can also create a complete connected care environment encompassing e-prescribing and order entry, sharing clinical information and lab results, and using Web portals to provide secure and private consumer access to care information.

Netsmart is also pleased to support the EveryDay Matters Foundation, which was established for organizations within the behavioral and public health communities to learn from each other and share their causes and stories. Organizations can also request grants for their cause or to help fund technology that advances the way care is delivered. For more information, visit

For information about Netsmart’s full range of solutions for health and human services organizations, visit or call 1-800-472-5509. Also follow us on Twitter, like us on Facebook and visit us on YouTube.

OrderConnect is a trademark of Netsmart Technologies, Inc.

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