Health IT in Integration - ONC and Other Federal Agencies Address



Health IT plays an important role in efforts to integrate behavioral health and primary care as it helps support coordinated care and clinical decision-making in practices. The behavioral health community is generally supportive of sharing information with primary care and other health care providers. There are, however, many barriers to sharing information across settings since behavioral health IT systems often operate very differently than health IT in other health systems, and vary in type and scope of health IT used.

Jodi Daniel, J.D., M.P.H., Director of the Office of Policy and Planning, describes some of the activities the Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT (ONC) is working on in partnership with other Federal agencies to “help the adoption and use of health IT among behavioral health clinicians as well as support the care coordination among primary care and behavioral health clinicians.”  The ONC is also taking steps to address the privacy considerations for the exchange of behavioral health information through research, policy implementation, and technical approaches. 

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