Continuity of Care Becomes a Reality!
It’s a fact: Mental health, substance
abuse and public health organizations
will never have sufficient funding to
provide the level of care they believe
to be required for their consumers.
Budgets are ever-changing, so a
transformation in the way care is
delivered is needed to help circumvent
this always-challenging issue.
Connected Care is the breakthrough
required for this transformation. What
is Connected Care? Connected Care
is the sharing of clinical information
inside your organization, with other
care providers and with consumers
themselves, which ultimately improves
the quality of care.
The initial step toward a connected
care environment is to link and
automate internal clinical processes
with scheduling, billing/finance and
other internal processes and systems.
Automating key clinical functions
and sharing the data with other
departments can provide exponential
process improvements to a provider
organization. For example, many
agencies realize immediate revenue
gains by capturing and billing for
services that had previously gone
In connected care environment,
clinical information also needs to be
shared with all agencies involved in
the care process, including inpatient
and outpatient facilities, public health
departments, primary care facilities
and with other entities like regional
health information networks (RHIOs).
For example, if a consumer needs to
be referred to an inpatient facility, how
long does it take to create the referral?
Are you able to send medication
information and other important
clinical data to that facility quickly and
efficiently? And, when the consumer
is discharged and referred back to an
outpatient program, do they arrive
before the discharge summary?
To enable providers to reap the
advantages of Connected Care in every
aspect of the care process, Netsmart
offers its Connect suite of software
A solution that enables a clinician or
case manager to work disconnected
in the field, then synchronize upon
returning to the office, eliminating the
need for error-prone and time-wasting
re-keying of data.
A Web portal that enables Netsmart
customer agencies to proactively
involve consumers in their care. Using
the portal, consumers can schedule
appointments, review and comment
on their treatment plans, view current
medications and track usage, and
communicate with their care providers
Click here for a real-life example of Connected Care in action.
A service that ensures continuity of
care by enabling clinical data to be
shared between providers and other
entities such as RHIOs.