NJAMHAA Partners with NJII on Interoperability Program to Improve Addiction Treatment

The New Jersey Association of Mental Health and Addiction Agencies, Inc. (NJAMHAA) and the New Jersey Innovation Institute (NJII) are partnering to manage the statewide Substance Use Disorder Promoting Interoperability Program (SUD PIP), which is being funded and overseen by the New Jersey Department of Health (DOH) and Department of Human Services (DHS).

"Substance use treatment providers are finally going to receive a much-needed financial boost to assist them with adopting and implementing electronic health record systems," said June Noto, NJAMHAA's Vice President of Information Technology, Human Resources and Administrative Services. "NJAMHAA is excited to be a part of this new incentive program to advance providers to the next level of care coordination and to be a part of promoting interoperability."

This initiative will support behavioral health providers' implementation of electronic health records (EHRs) in their facilities and improve coordination among providers and the rest of the healthcare system by increasing access to EHRs and promoting interoperability among them. The $6 million grant will also help providers connect with other providers through the New Jersey Health Information Network, which is a shared services platform that provides the infrastructure for electronic sharing of patient health information among healthcare providers, health information exchanges and state health data sources.

"Such 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," Noto said, adding that nearly 60 percent of the providers will require new platforms or upgrades, based on substance use treatment providers' responses to a recent NJAMHAA survey. "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."

NJAMHAA and NJII will host a webinar about the SUD PIP on May 1, 2019 at 3:00 p.m. You can register for the webinar by visiting: https://njii.com/njhin/

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