Netsmart Releases White Paper: Clinical Decision Support Systems (CDSS) within Behavioral Healthcare Settings

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Document Details Increased Demands for Clinical Accountability and How CDSS Improve Healthcare Delivery

When designed and implemented well, CDSS can offer significant benefits to improve overall quality of care, increase care efficiency and reduce healthcare costs.

Netsmart, the leading provider of clinical solutions for health and human services organizations nationwide, today announced availability of a white paper, “Clinical Decision Support Systems (CDSS) in Behavioral Healthcare Settings.” The white paper details how, as the healthcare industry evolves to a pay-for-performance model, there are increased demands for clinical accountability in behavioral healthcare and determining ways to best use the wealth of data that exists to maximize clinical effectiveness. The white paper is available for download on our website.

There is a compelling need for CDSS in electronic health records (EHRs). Not only is it a requirement to achieve Meaningful Use and receive incentives, it is arguably the only way for clinicians of all types to take full advantage of the knowledge available to them. While literature and studies support CDSS, behavioral healthcare has lagged behind primary care in the use of such systems. The reluctance of behavioral healthcare to embrace these technologies is due, in part, to the lack of clear standards of care and quantifiable indicators used by behavioral healthcare providers, whereas medical providers have had a wealth of measurement tools available to them which can be automated into “order sets” and CDSS.

Netsmart’s commitment to clinical innovation will enable organizations to have standardized and internal processes that lay the groundwork for documenting improved outcomes. These tools provide increased access to consumer information, clinical decision support and improved medication management via EHRs.

The paper is written by Dennis Morrison, Ph.D., chief clinical officer, Netsmart. He leads the Netsmart clinical team in transforming clinical care in behavioral health by focusing on evidence-based practice, recovery- and research-based care, coordinated care planning, and the integration of behavioral and primary care. Dr. Morrison has worked in the behavioral health field since 1969. Prior to joining Netsmart in 2012, he served as the CEO of the Center for Behavioral Health (CBH) and CEO for Centerstone Research Institute (CRI).

“CDSS improve healthcare delivery by providing healthcare professionals and consumers with background, knowledge and consumer-specific information that is filtered in an intelligent manner and presented at appropriate times,” said Dr. Morrison. “When designed and implemented well, CDSS can offer significant benefits to improve overall quality of care, increase care efficiency and reduce healthcare costs. While electronic health records (EHRs) are the foundation for consumer safety and health care quality improvement, CDSS are essential elements in fully realizing these goals.”

Through a unique brand of innovative technology and cutting-edge solutions and services, Netsmart is leading the way to ensure health and human services clinicians have the tools they need to provide outstanding care to their consumers in an ever-evolving industry.

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 20,000 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 sponsor, an interactive, informational forum for clinicians, practitioners and consumers to share stories, celebrate successes, become enlightened and inspired, and debunk myths and stigma about mental health and public health issues in an effort to highlight the positive clinical and financial impacts provided by the behavioral and public health community.

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.

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