(PRWEB) August 15, 2013
Netsmart today announced the launch of the Netsmart Primary Care Module, which unites behavioral health with primary care services in a team-based, integrated model of care that enables providers to effectively treat the “whole person.”
The link between physical and behavioral health is a pervasive reality for millions of people. According to the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, 68 percent of adults with mental health conditions also have medical conditions, and 29 percent of adults with medical conditions also have mental health conditions. Additionally, 70 percent of all primary care visits are for psychosocial issues.
"We have to 'put the head back on the body' and address patients' physical and mental health conditions equally,” said Michael Valentine, chief executive officer, Netsmart. "The advent of accountable care and focus on patient-centered medical homes brings the opportunity to utilize integrated approaches to treating the body and mind. Our Primary Care Module equips health and human services providers to deliver a high quality, comprehensive, integrated model of care."
Netsmart’s Primary Care Module is an integrated solution that incorporates a person’s entire medical ecosystem for a holistic approach to care. Providers in behavioral health, addiction services, social services and public health can share authorized clinical data with a person's primary care provider, and vice versa, in a single, integrated care record. Each provider involved in the care process can view the patient's full medical record in their own chosen “point of view,” including medical history, medications and other key attributes as they diagnose and develop treatment plans.
The Primary Care Module works with Netsmart’s myAvatar™, TIER® and myEvolv™ CareRecord™ Solutions, with both primary care and behavioral health information residing in the same, integrated CareRecord. The module includes a complete, intuitive primary care office visit workflow delivered with seamless integration between the CareRecord desktop user interface and iPad-based Primary Care Office Visit workflow, including an integrated treatment model for all services. Clinicians can easily document reason for visit, patient/family histories, collect vitals, update allergies, prescribe medications and include all details of the office visit with relevant behavioral health information available as part of office visit workflow. Documentation is completed following evidence-based practice guidelines.
Prior to the nationwide launch, the module was implemented and tested by Tarzana Treatment Centers, Inc., of Tarzana, Calif., and Henderson Behavioral Health of Fort Lauderdale, Fla.
"This primary care integration module has had a dramatic impact on our ability to care for our consumers in a more holistic way,” said Steve Ronik, chief executive officer, Henderson Behavioral Health. “Our clinicians have embraced it because it is ‘clinician-friendly’ and it allows them to provide more comprehensive care.”
"Improving care at the point of care is the number one benefit of the Netsmart Primary Care Module,” said Albert Senella, chief executive officer, Tarzana Treatment Centers, Inc. “We have also reduced the time and cost of documentation and increased the timeliness and accuracy of patient information capture and management."
"As the industry moves toward pay-for-performance models and reimbursements based on care quality and improved outcomes, having this level of information in a single integrated solution helps providers fulfill their missions to improve the of individuals and ultimately, broader populations,” said Valentine.
For more information about the Netsmart Primary Care Module, visit http://www.ntst.com/careview/primarycare.html or call Netsmart at 1-800-472-5509.
Netsmart, the leading provider of clinical solutions for health and human services organizations nationwide, is committed to helping health and human services providers deliver effective, recovery-based care with Netsmart CareFabric™, a tightly woven framework of innovative clinical and business solutions and services that supports integrated, coordinated delivery of health services across the spectrum of care.
More than 22,000 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 is pleased to support the EveryDay Matters Foundation, which was established for behavioral and public health organizations 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 http://www.everydaymatters.com/foundation/.
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