Online Program

Policies and Behaviors Driving Adoption of Health IT in Substance Abuse Treatment - The Evidence to Date

Tuesday, November 3, 2015

Erik Pupo, Deloitte, Lighthouse Point, FL
Sandy Dolabany, Deloitte, Arlington, VA
The behavioral health community has made numerous efforts to increase its access to health information technology and its adoption of emerging technologies. The community’s strategies for obtaining capital to support adoption have been incentive programs and grant funding. Results of this funding effort have been uneven, with monies directed to practices based on subjective criteria, and with practices lacking the resources to successfully implement emerging technologies.. This presentation is targeted to public health professionals involved in providing treatment through substance abuse facilities, and the broader substance abuse treatment community, many of whom are attempting to implement technologies in support of the behavioral health community and are working to advance applications of technology to solving critical behavioral health challenges 

Our team will explore specific aspects of the substance abuse landscape and how the policy and fiscal environment has established barriers to the adoption and meaningful use of technology in behavioral health practice. To understand these barriers, we will use a case study of a substance abuse facility that is ongoing, explore research to date on the transition to use of health information technology, and highlight the overall results of adoption efforts nationwide.

Lastly, we will draw on Deloitte’s research in behavioral health issues to highlight how substance abuse facilities have developed innovative programs to implement various aspects of health IT, and their progress to date.

Learning Areas:

Public health or related public policy
Social and behavioral sciences

Learning Objectives:
Describe the current landscape for use of healthcare information technology and explore Deloitte’s research to date in this area Explore current environmental and social factors impacting the use of health information technology in substance abuse treatment Analyze various policy approaches designed to improve usage of health information technology, and the associated positive and negative behaviors from its use

Keyword(s): Drug Abuse Treatment, Health Systems Transformation

Presenting author's disclosure statement:

Qualified on the content I am responsible for because: I have worked for over 13 years in healthcare, including senior positions in federal, state, and commercial healthcare programs and initiatives, and serve in a large number of senior leadership roles within the healthcare and health IT industry. As Deloitte’s premier resource in health IT, I am responsible directly and indirectly for the development and management of over $75 million in healthcare-related work for the federal, state and commercial sectors
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.