Netsmart to Present at HIMSS13 Conference on Interoperability for Health and Human Services IT

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The Leading Health and Human Services Solutions Provider Has Significant Presence at Premier Global Healthcare Technology Event

With the largest client community in health and human services, our vision is a fully integrated system of care.

Netsmart, the leading provider of clinical solutions for health and human services (HHS) organizations nationwide, will demonstrate a holistic view of interoperability that transcends any one care modality at the 2013 Annual HIMSS Conference & Exhibition, being held March 3-7, 2013 at the Ernest N. Morial Convention Center in New Orleans.

"The HIMSS conference theme ‘Health IT: Right Time, Right Place: It’s On’ fits well with our approach of moving at the speed of thought, leading with and delivering on a strong vision and developing innovative solutions focused on integrated and coordinated accountable care,” said Michael Valentine, chief executive officer, Netsmart. “With the largest client community in health and human services, our vision is a fully integrated system of care. We’re leading the effort toward interoperability and secure clinical data exchange among both health and human services and other healthcare providers."

Interoperability a Key Component of Healthcare Reform and Advancement

The nation's health and financial future relies on providers from all areas of healthcare being able to easily and seamlessly exchange data and coordinate care. Technology companies have to extend beyond the walls and barriers that previously existed in healthcare and provide solutions that integrate both physical and mental health care.

As the premier industry knowledge leader and innovator for behavioral health, Netsmart’s presence at the conference includes a live demonstration of referral information being exchanged by providers in conjunction with the U.S. Department of Human Services’ National Coordinator for Health information Technology (ONC) as part of the HIMSS Interoperability Showcase™. Netsmart is also conducting a pilot project as part of ONC’s Data Segmentation for Privacy (DS4P) Initiative.

Two Netsmart clients are also participating in the Interoperability Showcase with an interactive demonstration of live clinical information systems that allow users to assume the role of the patient and watch their personal health record (PHR) move across multiple points of care. Netsmart provides an innovative electronic patient referral system that links two providers -- Suncoast Center, Inc., and Personal Enrichment through Mental Health Services (PEMHS) -- with 2-1-1 Tampa Bay Cares, Inc., the local assistance hotline.

Using the Netsmart CareConnect™ solution, 2-1-1 Tampa can electronically transmit patient referrals and all required, authorized patient information securely and easily to either treatment facility. The facilities can also coordinate referrals between each other. Each provider has visibility into the process – when a referral is pushed, when it is received, and the ability to accept or reject a referral. As many as 700 consumers are referred between the two providers each year. The customized referral solution provides faster exchange of pertinent consumer health information, leading to increased safety and improved care. The exchange of referral information in a Health and Human services environment has significant impacts on client readmits, and even client suicides. Studies indicate that clients who do not attend an outpatient appointment after discharge are more likely to be re-hospitalized.

In addition to live demonstrations of interoperability, Netsmart's multi-faceted presence at HIMSS includes:

Acute Care and Innovation: Accountable care and care coordination are drivers that are causing all organizations to focus on driving down costs and improving outcomes. Netsmart will demonstrate how to accomplish this simultaneously with a look at how easily we integrate primary care with behavioral healthcare. Ease of use and focus on workflows make this a must-see at the Netsmart exhibit at HIMSS (Booth #2451).

Meaningful Use, Up Close and Personal: Netsmart is also featured in the HIMSS Meaningful Use Experience (Booth #149 – Kiosk C8 & C15), a special section of the exhibit area that puts attendees in the middle of proven, certified EHR solutions. As a leader in Meaningful Use innovation, awareness building, education and advocacy for behavioral and public health providers nationwide, Netsmart offers four Complete ONC-ATCB Certified EHRs to address the complexity of programs and diversity of providers in Health and Human Services. Netsmart will demonstrate its EHR solutions and how they meet Meaningful Use requirements in both acute care and ambulatory settings. The demonstration will show successful compliance through enhanced workflow, proven implementation techniques and individual criteria expertise that enables successful Meaningful Use attestation.

Behavioral Health Accountable Care Organizations (ACOs): Kevin Scalia, executive vice president, Netsmart, and Michael Mittleman, senior vice president, PSCH, Inc., will co-present "How IT Facilitates Building an Accountable Care Organization (ACO) Health Home for People with Mental Illness." The presentation features insights and best practices for the innovative concept of behavioral health-centered Health Homes as a strong vehicle for delivering integrated care. Netsmart is leading the way toward behavioral health-centered Health Homes in several states, including Kansas, Missouri, New York and Rhode Island, with the goal of providing quality care to the 'whole person' at lower costs

“We’re excited to have the opportunity to demonstrate some real-life examples of connected and coordinated care at this major health information technology conference. We believe this begins to give HHS a voice in the conversations about where healthcare is headed,” said Valentine. "In many ways, the part of healthcare that we serve has operated in a much more coordinated fashion than most other parts of healthcare. Because of this, we believe both Netsmart and our clients are in a great position to help lead the charge to a more expansive definition of coordinated care in the future. There are many unnecessary barriers between physical and behavioral care that we are beginning to remove. The proof points are exciting."


HIMSS is a cause-based, not-for-profit organization exclusively focused on providing global leadership for the optimal use of information technology (IT) and management systems for the betterment of healthcare. HIMSS represents nearly 50,000 individual members, of whom more than two-thirds work in healthcare provider, governmental and not-for-profit organizations. HIMSS also includes more than 570 corporate members and more than 225 not-for-profit partner organizations that share the mission of transforming healthcare through the effective use of information technology and management systems.

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.

Netsmart CareConnect is a trademark of Netsmart Technologies, Inc.
Certification information about Netsmart ONC-ATCB Certified EHRs is available at

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