142nd APHA Annual Meeting and Exposition

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Can't We Just Talk to Each Other? Advancing Clinical Information Systems to Support Integrated Care

142nd APHA Annual Meeting and Exposition (November 15 - November 19, 2014): http://www.apha.org/events-and-meetings/annual
Tuesday, November 18, 2014 : 11:10 AM - 11:30 AM

Karin Kalk, MBA , California Institute of Mental Health, Sacramento, CA
Karen Linkins, PhD , California Institute for Behavioral Health Solutions, Sacramento, CA
Jennifer Brya, MA, MPP , Integrated Behavioral Health Project, Scottsdale, AZ
­­­­­­­­­­­­­Historically, Clinical Information Systems (CIS) have been designed for use in single-provider settings.  This presentation shows how the functionality of CIS can be leveraged to support the complexity of integrating and coordinating services across multiple organizations. 

No single system-of-care fully meets the needs of individuals with complex and co-occurring health, mental health or substance-use disorders. Person centered care is enhanced when providers work together collaboratively. A critical tool to manage this coordinated, person-centered care is a CIS. CIS are products, such as registries and other population health management tools, which provide greater clinical functionality when compared to electronic health records (EHR). A well-designed CIS enables provider organizations to improve processes and ultimately, outcomes for individuals, cohorts and populations of patients. CIS support improved communication and real-time interactions with health-data between providers, payers, and patients. As such, they are quality-improvement tools and provide the infrastructure necessary to document and track improvements in population health and patient experience, while reducing the system fragmentation that leads to poor care quality and higher-costs. 

This presentation will engage leaders and users of provider and payer organizations in the practical benefits of incorporating CIS into their organizations; advance the use of CIS for care coordination and integration; and offer recommendations for critical CIS functionality and core data elements to be collected and tracked. Findings are based on the experience and outcomes of 10 multi-sector teams comprised of health and behavioral health providers and health plans that participated in Quality Improvement Collaboratives.

Learning Areas:

Communication and informatics
Social and behavioral sciences

Learning Objectives:
Describe the different uses of clinical information systems. Evaluate the impact of clinical information systems on care coordination and integration of behavioral health. Demonstrate how clinical information systems promote whole health strategies and reduce stigma experienced by individuals with serious mental illness.

Keyword(s): Information Technology, Mental Health

Presenting author's disclosure statement:

Qualified on the content I am responsible for because: Karen Linkins serves as an Associate Director at CA Institute for Behavioral Health SolutionsI am a senior project manager on several statewide Quality Improvement projects that support the collaboration of Medical Care/Health Plans, Public Behavioral Health departments and primvate non-profit community providers to implement clinical information systems that support integrated care.
Any relevant financial relationships? No

I agree to comply with the American Public Health Association Conflict of Interest and Commercial Support Guidelines, and to disclose to the participants any off-label or experimental uses of a commercial product or service discussed in my presentation.