How States are Leveraging Technology to Implement Behavioral Health Treatment

Date: 08.05.2020 | HITC Editor

July 23rd, State Healthcare IT Connect Mini-Series Webinar hosted at the State HIT Connect Virtual Mini-Series Portal!

1.00 – 2.00 PM EDT | Thursday, July 23rd

Presentation: How States are Leveraging Technology to Implement Behavioral Health Treatment and Referral Networks to Increase Access to Care

Presenters:
Lisa Johnson, Director of Data Analytics and Strategy, Delaware Department of HSS, Division of Substance Abuse and Mental Health
Nishi Rawat, M.D., MBA, Senior Vice President & Co-founder of OpenBeds
Brad Bauer, Senior Vice President, Appriss Health

Presentation Overview:
According to the American Society of Addiction Medicine, the risks associated with substance use and mental health due to social isolation during COVID-19 will likely increase. And despite the morbidity and societal costs, treatment is inaccessible to many. In addition, substance use disorder and mental health treatment referrals are not a part of the medical care continuum because screening and referrals require extensive manual work on the part of time-pressed providers.

In response, states are looking to replace existing manual search and communication processes to provide near real-time treatment facility availability, evidence-based therapy offerings, two-way digital provider communication, treatment decision support, and data aggregation and analytics.

In 2018, the state of Delaware deployed the OpenBeds platform to facilitate the referral of patients in need of SUD treatment named the Delaware Treatment and Referral Network. The platform was used to make more than 20,000 digital referrals in its first year. Join this session to understand how OpenBeds technology enables states, like Delaware, to establish treatment and referral networks to improve support and care delivery for patients in their communities.

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