IBHIIndependent Bureau for Humanitarian Issues (Bosnia and Herzegovina)
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IBHI presenters outlined an evolving list of commissions, certifying bodies, and government agencies sorting out how the Nationwide Health Information Network will emerge, and I suspect some organizational leaders in the behavioral healthcare field would like to see how it plays out before committing scarce financial resources to a large IT investment (or reinvestment).
Yet IBHI presenters stressed that behavioral healthcare organizations shouldn't wait for the national standards discussions to wrap up before adopting EHRs.
IBHI's first major initiative is improving care, outcomes, and satisfaction for behavioral health consumers and their families in hospital emergency departments.
IBHI convened an expert panel to develop recommendations for change.
These concepts and more were bandied about at two IT conferences in Pittsburgh this past November: the Institute for Behavioral Health Informatics (IBHI) and the 2005 OPEN MINDS Information Technology Institute.
Tom Trabin, PhD, executive director of the Software and Technology Vendors' Association (SATVA), one of the summit's sponsors, highlighted several of the summit's recommendations at a presentation he gave at the IBHI: A public/private behavioral health group should be formed to coordinate and harmonize data standards and to incentivize strategies; broad-based training must be provided for the EHR; behavioral health perspectives should fit within the general health EHR; and behavioral health and human services need to be identified as a unique field with esoteric requirements for software design and information management.