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1000+ Health and Human Services Leaders Converge for Technology Event Featuring Innovations and Collaboration

Netsmart CONNECTIONS2015 is focused on transforming services delivery

Washington, D.C., Oct. 26, 2015 – More than 1,000 health and human services professionals are gathering near Washington, D.C. as CONNECTIONS2015 opens today at the Gaylord National Resort and Convention Center. The four day client conference by Netsmart, the largest post-acute electronic health record (EHR) provider, examines ways information technology (IT) can positively impact services for the more than 25 million people across the country served by Netsmart clients. This year’s theme is: Innovating TODAY, Impacting TOMORROW, Inspiring COMMUNITY.

“Health IT is changing lives – whether it’s coordinating care between mental health and physical health providers, medication management that reduces errors, or predictive analytics that provides key insights into optimizing services and treatment,” said Netsmart CEO Mike Valentine. “Our goal is to enable our clients to adapt to the ever-changing healthcare landscape while innovating together to transform services delivery.”

Valentine’s opening keynote will include Netsmart clients sharing stories about their innovative use of technology.

“Behind every healthcare data point is a person, a life,” said Tom Herzog, Netsmart chief operating officer, who will also speak at the keynote. “Our clients are at the center of providing life-changing care and services 24/7. This conference is an opportunity for them to collaborate, share and take back information that will help them make an even stronger impact on lives in their communities.”

Attendees at CONNECTIONS2015 from across the country include public and private sector mental health and addiction treatment organizations, social services and child and family services agencies, managed care organizations and public health departments.

This year’s conference features 13 tracks with more than 150 user-selected sessions on topics ranging from how to get the most out of your Netsmart solutions to care integration to harnessing big data. The Executive Symposium, a special conference track for CEOs and others with strategic management roles, focuses on managing the rapid evolution to value-based contracting and care coordination.

CONNECTIONS2015 features an extensive Solutionarium (innovative exhibit area) where attendees can get an up close and personal look at solutions and talk with experts on coordinated care, mobile apps, consumer engagement, predictive analytics, population health management and other innovations from Netsmart and key partners/exhibitors. New this year in the Solutionarium are CareTalks, short, informal learning sessions by Netsmart and client experts.

Netsmart executive vice president Kevin Scalia will deliver the second day keynote, and will be joined on stage by mental health advocate and former Congressman Patrick Kennedy, co-founder of One Mind for Research, Linda Rosenberg, president and CEO, National Council for Behavioral Health, and Matt Salo, executive director, National Association of Medicaid Directors.

The panel will address implications for providers, consumers and payers of capitalization, funding and service provision in a changing healthcare ecosystem.

Attendees at CONNECTIONS2015 can also engage with Netsmart’s HIT Value Model™, a vendor-agnostic planning and measurement system, which provides a path for health and human services organizations to evaluate where on the healthcare IT spectrum they should focus their efforts, the value associated with that strategic decision and a comparison with peer organizations nationwide.

“The ability to come together and collaborate in our nation’s capital is invaluable,” said Valentine. “Each year at CONNECTIONS, the people on the front lines of care share their knowledge for the betterment of our most vulnerable populations. We’re excited to see the tangible results of that same kind of collaboration at CONNECTIONS2015.”

About Netsmart

Netsmart is healthcare’s largest post-acute EHR provider, and is committed to helping health and human services providers deliver coordinated, integrated, outcomes-based services and care. Netsmart serves more than 20,000 clients across all 50 states, resulting in approximately 450,000 users of its software and technology solutions. Netsmart clients include mental health and addiction services agencies, health homes, psychiatric hospitals, private and group mental health practices, public health departments, social services and child and family services agencies, managed care organizations, and vital records offices.

Netsmart’s CareFabric™, a framework of innovative clinical and business solutions and services, supports integrated, coordinated delivery of health services across the spectrum of care.

Netsmart’s HIT Value Model™, a vendor-agnostic planning and measurement system, provides a path for health and human services organizations to evaluate where on the healthcare IT spectrum they should focus their efforts, the value associated with that strategic decision and a comparison with peer organizations nationwide.

Netsmart is pleased to support the EveryDay Matters Foundation, which was established for behavioral and public health organizations to learn from each other and share their causes and stories. For more information, visit www.everydaymatters.com

Learn more about how Netsmart is changing the face of healthcare today. Visit www.ntst.com, call 1-800-472-5509, follow us on LinkedIn and Twitter, like us on Facebook or visit us on YouTube

HIT Value Model and CareFabric are trademarks of Netsmart Technologies, Inc.

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