Earlier this weei CurrentCare, Rhode Island’s Health Information Exchange, became the first statewide Health Information Exchange to exchange behavioral health data electronically. The Providence Center and Gateway Healthcare, Inc. were the first organizations to submit behavioral health and substance abuse treatment information, known as 42 CFR Part 2 data, into CurrentCare, RI’s statewide HIE. CurrentCare is a service of Rhode Island Quality Institute.
CurrentCare uses an opt-in model, requiring informed patient consent before they can collect information about a patient and share it with the patient’s authorized health care providers. For behavioral health patients, this enables medical and behavioral health providers to work more closely together to provide coordinated, patient-centered treatment.
“This is a major milestone in the progress of CurrentCare and efforts to improve the quality and safety of care in RI,” said Laura Adams, president and chief executive officer at RIQI. “For the first time, behavioral health and substance abuse data are integrated, enabling care of the whole person, and bringing providers [Read more…]