As part of efforts to integrate behavioral and physical health care, OCHIN and LifeWorks Northwest have partnered to enhance data sharing across the greater community of provider networks through the Carequality interoperability framework, powered by the Netsmart network. The advanced partnership strengthens Oregon-based behavioral health care providers’ ability to securely share critical information with providers that are part of different networks in order to better coordinate patient care and improve health outcomes.
This collaboration is a continuation of OCHIN’s work to implement push-based Health Information Exchange (HIE) in Oregon and nationwide and its commitment to helping engage mental and behavioral health interoperability across a national framework. It will allow clinics on the OCHIN network and other Epic customers in Oregon to exchange clinical records with Lifeworks NW. Now, when a patient experiences a mental health crisis and receives care in a participating walk-in or acute care setting, the Carequality framework will provide access to critical clinical data that will facilitate direct recommendations about next steps for the individual’s care.
“This connectivity and the ability to share and exchange vital information between providers across all areas of health care is a key and fundamental element of successful care coordination,” said OCHIN CEO Abby Sears. “Having this data at the point of care will greatly help the OCHIN community of providers, and other connected providers, improve the quality of care for individuals across the state.”