Electronic Health Record Interoperability Program Benefits Substance Use Treatment Providers and Individuals they Serve

Information Technology Conference, October 21st Highlights this Important Program

October 19, 2020

A study from the National Institutes of Health found that individuals with substance use disorders (SUDs) are more susceptible to COVID-19 and related complications. The findings of the study suggest that healthcare providers should monitor patients who have SUDs more closely and develop action plans to prevent severe outcomes and infections. People with an opioid use disorder and those with a tobacco use disorder were most likely to become ill with COVID-19. Click here to read more about this study. The authors of the study analyzed non-identifiable electronic health records (EHR) of millions of patients to reach these conclusions. These important findings were made possible from EHR’s being implemented, which is what the State of New Jersey’s SUD Promoting Interoperability Program (PIP) offers to SUD treatment providers to increase the bandwidth and capacity for treatment.

“Data sharing is essential for ensuring that individuals receive the highest quality services not only for substance use disorders, but also mental illnesses and physical health conditions. This funding is greatly needed and will enable the state’s behavioral health system to make significant strides in combating the opioid crisis, as well as other drug addictions and mental illnesses, which are also highly prevalent in our state and nation,” said June Noto, Vice President of Information Technology (IT), Human Resources and Administrative Services, New Jersey Association of Mental Health and Addiction Agencies (NJAMHAA).

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Coronavirus Resources

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Race and Behaviroal Health Resources

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