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The critical role of health information technology in the safe integration of behavioral health and primary care to improve patient care.

Segal M, Giuffrida P, Possanza L, et al. The critical role of health information technology in the safe integration of behavioral health and primary care to improve patient care. J Behav Health Serv Res. Epub 2021 Oct 21. doi: 10.1007/s11414-021-09774-0.

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November 10, 2021
Segal M, Giuffrida P, Possanza L, et al. J Behav Health Serv Res. 2021;Epub Oct 21.

Effective integration of health information systems can improve decision making and care coordination across practice settings. This article discusses action-oriented safe practice recommendations from health information technology and electronic health record experts regarding integration of behavioral health and primary care. Recommendations focus on screening (e.g., integrated screening tools and triggers in electronic health records (EHRs)), documentation (e.g., streamlining behavioral health data entry), and sharing (e.g., using portals, secure messaging, or health information exchange to share information across care environments). The article also outlines the role of health IT developers, clinicians, and healthcare organizations in supporting behavioral health integration in primary care.

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Segal M, Giuffrida P, Possanza L, et al. The critical role of health information technology in the safe integration of behavioral health and primary care to improve patient care. J Behav Health Serv Res. Epub 2021 Oct 21. doi: 10.1007/s11414-021-09774-0.