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Grant Boosts Behavioral Health Care Coordination for Colorado HIE

January 24, 2014
by Gabriel Perna
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The Colorado Regional Health Information Organization (CORHIO) is boosting its health information exchange (HIE) with a grant that will enable primary care providers to be better coordinated with behavioral healthcare practitioners.

The Rose Foundation, a nonprofit based in Denver, has awarded its second grant to CORHIO in this area. With this latest funding, the RHIO can improve the HIE's technical infrastructure to improve care for behavioral health patients. This includes implementing a consent model for behavioral health, which will provide patients with additional options for sharing their health information and allows them to identify specific providers who can have access to more sensitive aspects of their health records through the CORHIO HIE. Also, the grant money will provide electronic personal health records to behavioral health patients, so they have the opportunity to manage their own health information via a highly secure online portal.

"Rose Community Foundation's generous grant allows us to further expand and enhance the HIE network in Colorado, so that it better meets the needs of individuals with a behavioral health condition," Kelly Joines, interim CEO at CORHIO, said in a statement. "Through the use of HIE, we can improve care coordination between behavioral and physical health providers, increase patient safety, and positively impact health care for Coloradans."


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