Netsmart to Conduct Data Segmentation Privacy Pilot as Part of Office of National Coordinator for Health Information Technology’s Data Segmentation for Privacy Initiative

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Secure, patient-authorized information sharing among providers to promote coordinated care

As the leading provider of behavioral health technology solutions, we feel privileged to participate in this pilot program that supports the secure, coordinated exchange of key sensitive clinical data with the larger health care world.

Netsmart, the leading provider of clinical solutions for health and human services organizations nationwide, today announced that it will conduct a pilot project as part of the Data Segmentation for Privacy (DS4P) Initiative of the U.S. Department of Human Services’ National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC). The primary goal of the pilot is to demonstrate a viable method to exchange sensitive data, including substance abuse data protected by federal confidentiality law, between behavioral health and physical health providers. Data segmentation is the process of sequestering from capture, access or view certain data elements that would be perceived as sensitive by the patient.

“Data Segmentation for Privacy aims to allow providers to electronically send and receive health information protected by jurisdictional, organizational, or patient-directed policies appropriately,” said Scott Weinstein, Presidential Management Fellow with ONC’s Office of the Chief Privacy Officer. “This capability is extremely important to patients, as they want assurance that their sensitive health information will remain confidential when they choose to seek care.”

Netsmart currently is helping more than 21,000 behavioral health and addiction services providers and more than a dozen HIEs and Regional Health Information Exchanges (RHIOs) across the country integrate the exchange of clinical data with healthcare provider organizations.

"We appreciate the amount of work the pilot project participants are doing and the rapid pace of the development. We’re delighted to see the technology being implemented and know that it can actually work and support data segmentation," said Johnathan Coleman, ONC Coordinator, Data Segmentation for Privacy.

“Persons with mental health and addiction disorders have an extraordinary prevalence of co-occurring medical problems, including diabetes, cancer, heart disease and chronic respiratory illnesses,” said Michael Valentine, CEO, Netsmart. “As the leading provider of behavioral health technology solutions, we feel privileged to participate in this pilot program that supports the secure, coordinated exchange of key sensitive clinical data with the larger health care world, including physicians, hospitals, emergency facilities, medical/surgical specialists, labs and pharmacies – all within the context of DS4P.”

Initial work of the pilot will focus on providing a viable method to exchange sensitive data, including substance abuse treatment data, between behavioral health and physical health providers, including:

  • Development, testing, and release to production DS4P use cases that apply to data in transit for federally-supported substance abuse treatment programs (covered by the federal confidentiality law found at section 42 of the Code of Federal Regulations (42 CFR Part 2))
  • Consent directives that follow the record and ensure requirements for re-disclosure are upheld
  • Support for both document-level and section-level metadata
  • Support for sharing all and partial records
  • Measurement of the impact on the Electronic Health Record (EHR) for supporting privacy and consent policies of data at rest

“The testing of consent management and data segmentation is critical to behavioral health providers so we can effectively and legally participate in HIEs,” said Barbara Daire, CEO, Suncoast Center, Inc., a St. Petersburg, Fla.-based outpatient community social support services center, serving children and adults of all ages across multiple levels of programming. “Our organization and others across the country will benefit greatly from this Netsmart-driven pilot program as we move toward more integrated, coordinated care for a broad spectrum of consumers.”

The core of the pilot’s infrastructure will be the Netsmart CareConnect™ EHR-agnostic integration platform, which supports the core elements of secure DS4P-compliant data exchange, including security, auditing, data transformation, consent, orchestration, Business Activity Monitoring (BAM), complex events and rules generation.

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.

CareConnect is a trademark of Netsmart Technologies, Inc.

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