Kevin Allen

Demonstrating Whole Person Care: The Intersection of Cancer and Depression

Netsmart and other healthcare technology leaders demonstrate interoperability and data integration at HIMSS2016

Overland Park, Kan., Feb. 29, 2016 –Rakesh Bhat’s primary care physician knew his patient was at high risk for cancer. After some concerning test results, a radiologist was consulted, a CAT scan done and images retrieved electronically by Bhat’s doctor, who shared a diagnosis of the lung cancer with him. Bhat’s psychiatrist, who was alerted simultaneously, recommended that his client’s prescribed depression medication be changed to a drug known to be more effective during chemotherapy. Bhat is now benefiting from fully-informed physical and behavioral health care, and using his patient portal to follow treatment directions from his care team.

Rakesh is a fictional character, but his case is the focus of the HIMSS16 Interoperability Showcase Feb. 29 through March 3 in Las Vegas. Netsmart, knowledge and technology partner for health and human services provider organizations nationwide, is collaborating with GE Healthcare, Philips, Infor, Merge, and NANTHEALTH to demonstrate how providers can integrate and coordinate care for the “whole person,” by bringing together behavioral and physical health data.

The complex clinical workflow and health data sharing that set the course for treating Rakesh Bhat’s body and mind happened seamlessly thanks to interoperable electronic health records and related connectivity solutions from these six innovative companies.

“Interoperable data sharing is making holistic health a reality,” said Netsmart CEO Mike Valentine. “Breaking down silos between physical health, mental health and addiction treatment services insures that the 34 million Americans who are diagnosed with comorbid conditions each year can receive the continuity of care that leads to better outcomes.”

As the leading post-acute care health and human services technology partner, Netsmart will demonstrate the benefits of interoperable solutions like Netsmart CareConnect™ , which offers providers:

  • Cross-community access to client history for fully-informed care

  • Behavioral health record sharing with the care team – updated problems, care plans, and medications

  • Expedited psychiatric referrals

  • Medication reconciliation, including allergies

Interoperability Showcase visitors will be able to view first-hand how interoperability improves care. Attendees will also have the opportunity to ask questions of Netsmart subject matter experts and Netsmart interoperability partners.

About Netsmart

Netsmart provides technology and expertise to help health and human services providers deliver effective, outcomes-based services and care to more than 25 million persons nationwide. Netsmart clients include 450,000 users in 20,000 in organizations across all 50 states. Netsmart clients include mental health and addiction services agencies, health homes, psychiatric hospitals, private and group mental health practices, public health departments, social services, 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 EveryDayMatters® 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

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

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

CareFabric and EveryDayMatters are registered trademarks of Netsmart Technologies, Inc.

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