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HIMSS Booth #206

Interoperability put on Display as Netsmart Links Physical and Behavioral Health at HIMSS 2015 Conference

Companies demonstrate end-to-end health data integration in HIMSS Interoperability Showcase

Overland Park, Kan., April 14, 2015Netsmart is demonstrating several ways in which healthcare interoperability can be achieved on a broad scale at the Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society (HIMSS) Conference and Exhibition, April 12-14, 2015 in Chicago. As a leader in health and human services knowledge and technology, Netsmart is focused on ways to help providers integrate and coordinate care for the "whole person," by incorporating both behavioral and physical health.

"Netsmart is committed to interoperability as a key in providing comprehensive, coordinated care and services," said Mike Valentine, chief executive officer, Netsmart. "Our collaboration with other healthcare IT providers demonstrates we don’t view success within the context of a Netsmart-only world. The goal of improved efficiencies and treatment outcomes of our client providers is proof that we are effectively serving the most vulnerable populations."

Netsmart is participating in several areas within the HIMSS Interoperability Showcase. The company joins fellow Carequality members including Epic, eClinicalworks, Kaiser and Greenway in Booth #8448 to demonstrate inter-network connectivity. Working in conjunction with the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC), the companies will demonstrate the progress being made in interconnecting existing data sharing networks throughout the country. Carequality is a collaboration of the entire healthcare ecosystem formed with the goal of developing tools to enable seamless connectivity across all participating networks.

Netsmart’s innovative group of engineers that emerged from the annual IHE Connectathon with the highest point total among teams testing the IHE Family Planning profile will put its work on display at Booth #2084. The Netsmart team will demonstrate how Title X funded family planning grantees can be better served through the safe, secure and digital sharing of client information between providers.

Netsmart representatives worked with Epic, the Utah Department of Health, the Office of Population Affairs (OPA) and AEGIS - the latter of which was contracted to build a mock form processor system - to test the system and determine improvements and best practices for the future. Visitors will follow a clinical scenario where a woman attends a family planning visit, finds out she is pregnant, and is referred for prenatal care. Upon arrival, the birth of the child is reported to vital statistics, and the woman later returns for a post-partum visit, during which she chooses an effective birth control method that matches her health needs and pregnancy intention. In this scenario, two family planning visits will be reported to the mock Family Planning Annual Reports (FPAR 2.0) system, demonstrating the possibilities of using the proposed (FPAR 2.0) clinical performance measures.

"We’re grateful to Netsmart as we strive to be practical in our future transition to a performance-oriented, encounter-level reporting system," said Johanna Goderre, senior health informatics advisor, OPA. "It is only through transparent, community-focused efforts that we will collectively arrive at the standards necessary to exchange this kind of data."

OPA and its training centers are advising its 4,200 delivery sites nationwide to look at vendors with certified EHR technology that are conforming to industry standards that support long-term sustainability.

About Netsmart

Netsmart is committed to helping health and human services providers deliver effective, outcomes-based 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 Healthcare IT 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 health care 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

CareRecord, myHealthPointe.portal and CareFabric are trademarks of Netsmart Technologies, Inc.

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