AllScripts, Netsmart collaborate on interoperability

Netsmart looking to partner with other big EHR makers

Allscripts and Netsmart have partnered to improve electronic health record (EHR) interoperability between inpatient and ambulatory care providers and behavioral health settings, Joseph Conn writes for Modern Healthcare.

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Netsmart CEO Mike Valentine says that as the company moves to integrate behavioral health data, it has found that developing networks with behavioral health providers has been  fairly easy, but getting "[health information exchanges] and acute care providers to open up to the behavioral health information if they don't understand it" has been difficult."


 Valentine hopes to address the issue with through new partnership, which was announced on Thursday.

The goals of the Allscripts-Netsmart collaboration include allowing providers to use Allscripts' Sunrise EHR for hospitals to see records in Netsmart's myAvatar Care Record and vice versa. They also include integrating Netsmart's behavioral health records with Allscripts' EHR for ambulatory care settings.

Last week: Allscripts in talk with Apple

The collaboration, which was announced on Thursday, is not exclusive and Netsmart says it is looking for similar interoperability partnerships with other large EHR vendors (Conn, Modern Healthcare, 8/14 [subscription required]). 

The Advisory Board's take

David Kates, Crimson Product Management

As the health care system realigns towards value-based care and population health management, EHR vendors are realizing that interoperability is essential to support care coordination.

This level of interoperability was intended to be the cornerstone of the industry’s push to Meaningful Use Stage 2. But Stage 2-certified EHRs have not been widely adopted in the industry and, in fact, the promised interoperability is not meeting the industry’s needs.

As a result, EHR vendors such as Allscripts need to establish business relationships directly with other technology partners that serve large segments of the provider community to achieve interoperability. While this will benefit communities in which a preponderance of providers use EHRs from these two vendors, it is indicative of the distance we still need to go to have true interoperability to support care coordination and achieve the true benefit of health information technology.

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