Support the Behavioral Health IT Act

by admin on July 16, 2010

Linda Rosenberg

“People with mental health and substance use conditions are in desperate need of more coordinated, integrated healthcare. Having an interoperable system of electronic health information is critical to achieving greater coordination among addiction, mental health, and other healthcare providers, and to helping consumers manage their own care. Without HIT for behavioral health, a patient’s team of healthcare providers may not be able to effectively collaborate to ensure that the patient is receiving the best care possible. They won’t be able to share information on a patient’s history, exchange secure electronic documents, seamlessly check for potentially dangerous drug interactions before writing a prescription or create a health treatment plan that accounts for an individual’s physical and mental health concerns.” — Linda Rosenberg

It will be a fight.

“Without this bill, a patient’s team of healthcare providers may not be able to effectively collaborate to ensure that the patient is receiving the best care possible,” Rosenberg says. “They won’t be able to share information on a patient’s history, exchange secure electronic documents, seamlessly check for potentially dangerous drug interactions before writing a prescription or create a health treatment plan that accounts for an individual’s physical and mental health concerns.”
The National Council’s goal is to enlist 100 cosponsors of the bill. Thirty-two representatives have already signed on including Tammy Baldwin (D-WI), Marsha Blackburn (R-TN), Rick Boucher (D-VA), G.K. Butterfield (D-NC), Steve Cohen (D-TN), Joe Courtney (D-CT), Diana DeGette (D-CO), Eliot Engel (D-NY), Barney Frank (D-MA), Charles Gonzalez (D-TX), Gene Green (D-TX), Raul Grijalva (D-AZ), Alcee Hastings (D-FL), Paul Hodes (D-NH), Steve Israel (D-NY), Steve Kagan (D-WI), Dale Kildee (D-MI), Stephen Lynch (D-MA), Jim Marshall (D-GA), Dennis Moore (D-KS), Chris Murphy (D-CT), Tim Murphy (R-PA), Sue Myrick (R-NC), Grace Napolitano (D-CA), Eleanor Holmes Norton (D-DC), Ed Pastor (D-AZ), Collin Peterson (D-MN), Tim Ryan (D-OH), Ike Skelton (D-MO), John Sullivan (R-OK), Paul Tonko (D-NY), and Diane Watson (D-CA).
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