Little Rock, Arkansas, January 2022——- Ouachita Behavioral Health & Wellness (OBHAW) behavioral health clinics are now integrated with the statewide health information exchange, State Health Alliance for Records Exchange (SHARE). Access to an individual’s information helps the behavioral health and early intervention care team gain a “whole picture” of the patient’s health and better prepare for a fully engaging dialogue at each encounter. Anywhere/anytime access to patient data can help care teams better understand potential barriers to medication/treatment adherence and/or more appropriately prescribe controlled substances. This in turn can reduce health risks and identify adverse side effects related to behavioral health medication, which may have more drug-to- drug interactions and can lead to physical health side effects. The integration with the clinic’s EMR system provides increased communication between care teams such as, behavioral health, developmental delay intervention, and physical health that can help reduce the stigma associated with mental illnesses.
The connection to SHARE enables greater care coordination to manage more comprehensively and holistically the behavioral and physical health needs of the patient. “The use of our Qualifacts EMR system and SHARE HIE among our developmental delay patients, behavioral health and physical care referrals spurs the bi-directional exchange of critical health data which has the ability to improve knowledge sharing and health care outcomes for individuals”, said Jane Sherrill, Compliance Office for Ouachita Behavioral Health & Wellness. “The ongoing need for care coordination among behavioral and physical health care teams is critical. The coordination simply becomes much more efficient with the secure electronic exchange of health information, said Sherrill.”
About Ouachita Behavioral Health & Wellness: OBHAW has been servicing the community mental health needs for over 54 years. Ouachita Behavioral Health & Wellness is the nonprofit community mental health center facility for five surrounding counties. You may receive services in one of our five locations that are in Hot Springs, Malvern, Arkadelphia, Glenwood, and Mt Ida. OBHAW sees over 5,551 clients per year, half of whom have a serious mental illness. Current estimates indicate that 83% of those they serve are low to moderate-income, with 61% being on Medicaid. The mission at OBHAW “to bring hope and healing to our community, one life at a time” is carried out daily. They believe that a collaborative, whole- person approach to behavioral health care will help people in our communities to heal. Their team is dedicated to helping every individual find a path to healing that fits them. Their mission guides their organization in seeking out and continuing services and programs that help bring hope and health to each person within their communities.
Learn more: https://obhaw.org.