Many clinicians now believe that there is a direct correlation between substance use and mental illness and that these disorders need to be treated in conjunction with one another. For example, does an individual who suffers from depression turn to alcohol as a coping mechanism? Does an individual who uses alcohol as a coping mechanism become more depressed?
The primary way to enable increased coordination is through electronic record sharing via a standardized, person-centric electronic health record (EHR).
Today, the healthcare community has begun to realize the benefits of a harmonized and interoperable EHR. An interoperable EHR can make treatments more cost-effective, promote evidence-based treatments, support treatment program evaluations that lead to improved quality of decision making and care and lead to improve healthcare outcomes. EHRs also aid in billing, reimbursement and other administrative processes, making the systems beneficial to consumers, payers and providers alike.