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Netsmart Represents Post-Acute Care Health Information Technology as Founder of Carequality Healthcare Interoperability Initiative

Program will work to unify industry, improve interoperability and enhance healthcare quality

Overland Park, Kan., April 16,  2014 – Netsmart continues its leadership in coordinated, connected, healthcare as a founding member of Carequality (pronounced “care-e-quality”), a new industry-driven initiative designed to accelerate progress in health data exchange among multi-platform networks, healthcare providers, and electronic health record (EHR) and health information exchange (HIE) vendors.

Netsmart is one of 29 founders of Carequality, and the only one focused on providing post-acute health information technology to behavioral health providers. These provider organizations are critical to the goal of “treating the whole person,” including both physical and behavioral health needs. Other major founding members of Carequality include CVS MinuteClinic, Epic, InterSystems, Kaiser Permanente, the New York eHealth Cooperative and Optum.

Carequality aims to facilitate agreement among industry stakeholders on a common national-level set of requirements that will enable providers to access patient data from other groups, improving the quality of healthcare available and reducing the cost to support interoperability.

“It’s critical that providers find ways to easily access and share authorized clinical data, especially for  patients with co-occurring mental and physical illness,” said Michael Valentine, chief executive officer, Netsmart. “We are fully engaged in a continued leadership role to provide solutions and services that enable coordinated care, and are pleased to be a founder of Carequality as it advances connected care on a national level.”

“Broader scale interoperability is one of the keys to helping improve clinical quality and outcomes,” said Steve Dolan, CIO of AltaPointe Health Systems, a Netsmart client that oversees a community-based, regional system of mental health, substance abuse and intellectual disability service provision in Mobile and Washington counties of Alabama. “Involvement in the Carequality initiative is the latest example of Netsmart’s industry-level leadership on behalf of its clients.”

The Carequality initiative is led by Healtheway, a non-profit, public-private collaborative working to advance nationwide implementation of secure, interoperable HIE.

“Netsmart has demonstrated strong leadership not only in joining Carequality as a founder, but also as a long-time facilitator and advocate for coordinated care,” said Healtheway Executive Director Mariann Yeager. “We’re pleased to have their support and look forward to their contribution of knowledge and expertise.”

About Carequality

Carequality is an industry initiative that enables health information networks to exchange data using a common interoperability framework. Carequality is an action-oriented collaborative, designed to allow existing initiatives and industry constituents to work together to accelerate meaningful health information exchange by enabling internetwork connectivity via an open marketplace for interoperability services, shared across existing and future exchange networks.  For more information, visit www.carequality.net.

About Netsmart

Netsmart is committed to helping health and human services providers deliver effective, outcomes-based care with Netsmart’s CareFabric™ solution, a tightly woven framework of innovative clinical and business solutions and services that supports integrated, coordinated delivery of health services across the spectrum of care.

More than 23,000 client organizations, including 450,000 care providers and more than 40 state systems use Netsmart solutions to help improve the quality of life for more than 25 million people each day. 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 health agencies, managed care organizations, and vital records offices.

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. Organizations can also request grants for their cause or to help fund technology that advances the way care is delivered. For more information, visit
www.everydaymatters.com/foundation.

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

CareFabric is a trademark of Netsmart Technologies, Inc.


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