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Supporting
integrated care

For Behavioral Health Providers

You know first-hand the challenges consumers face as they navigate the healthcare system. Many times primary care providers, specialists and behavioral health professionals lack critical information about a person that can lead to delays in an accurate diagnosis or a harmful drug interaction. People with behavioral health needs often suffer needlessly due to a lack of integration between their care providers.

Health information exchange (HIE) can help!

HIE helps all types of healthcare providers better coordinate care for individuals by facilitating safe and secure transmission of critical health information — making information available when and where it's needed for medical care. It helps you better understand the whole health of an individual so you can provide the safest and best treatment recommendations.

HIE not only improves care coordination, but it also reduces the hassles you face when you need to share information with another healthcare provider. HIE helps decrease the number of phone calls and faxes between other providers and protects the information in a secure, HIPAA-compliant way.

Behavioral Health and Health Information Exchange Project

With support from the Rose Community Foundation, CORHIO is leading a project to better understand the challenges and opportunites of using health information technology (health IT) and HIE to better integrate behavioral health and physical health. The Behavioral Health and Health Information Exchange Project, a collaboration with several Colorado-based behavioral health associations and organizations (listed below), included a series of community input meetings and the creation of a report with recommendations on improving integration of behavioral and physical health using HIE.

> Learn more & download the report now! (PDF)

Behavioral Health and Health Information Exchange Project Steering Committee:

  • Colorado Association of Alcohol and Drug Service Providers
    (a.k.a.) the Colorado Providers Association
  • Colorado Behavioral Healthcare Council
  • Colorado Department of Human Services,
  • Division of Behavioral Health
  • Colorado Mental Wellness Network
  • Colorado Regional Health Information Organization (CORHIO)
  • Community Reach Center
  • Federation of Families for Children’s Mental Health - Colorado Chapter
  • Mental Health America of Colorado
  • National Alliance on Mental Illness – Colorado Chapter
  • Quality Health Network (HIE based out of Grand Junction)

What our participants are saying:

“In the old days, lab results were sent to us by fax or mail, which could be unreliable and vulnerable to electronic glitches or human error. Now that we can receive the results immediately, we can easily and quickly determine if a client is on the appropriate dose of medication or if there could be potential medication interactions. Overall, having access to lab results through HIE will help us better manage our clients to ensure they are receiving the best care possible.”

Dorothy Perry
CEO and President
Spanish Peaks Behavioral Health Center