Using Technology to Coordinate Care and Improve Outcomes in Behavioral Health – #HITsm Chat Topic

We’re excited to share the topic and questions for this week’s #HITsm chat happening Friday, 5/11 at Noon ET (9 AM PT). This week’s chat will be hosted by Bryan Wempen (@bryanwempen) from Netsmart on the topic of “Using Technology to Coordinate Care and Improve Outcomes in Behavioral Health.”

Technology is advancing rapidly and access to individual health and mental health data is starting to become more readily accessible to care providers; reimagining how care will be delivered and supported is a priority.  Example: mobile crisis team on the move utilizing mobile technology as they are rolling down streets and neighborhoods to assist those who need services and care the most.  In order to keep the supply of care matched to demand, it’s critical that we consider how information technology can help to extend quality care outside the four-walls of physical service locations.

As a healthcare technology professional, I’m always excited and curious to jump into a conversation about behavioral health care technology and services – exploring where an industry, ‘solution’ or program has been, where it’s at today, and what its future may bring. I look forward to hosting the #HITsm chat.

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Please join us for this week’s #HITsm chat as we discuss the following questions:

T1: What are some of the ways technology can be used to reduce barriers to behavioral health care and why has technology not been more widely adopted in the mental and behavioral health space? #HITsm

T2: How can technology be used to identify at-risk individuals and provide appropriate behavioral health care before need escalates? #HITsm

T3: What are some ways technology can be used to coordinate primary care and behavioral health services? #HITsm

T4: How can technology improve engagement and collaboration between patients, behavioral health service providers, payers and 3rd parties? #HITsm

T5: What is the future of coordinating care across the whole person experience (mental health, substance recovery, corrections, primary care)? #HITsm

Bonus: What are some of the challenges and nuances of integrating tele behavioral health into the outpatient setting?  #HITsm

Upcoming #HITsm Chat Schedule
5/18 – Practical Applications of EMR Optimization Through Clinical Decision Support
Hosted by Justin Campbell (@tjustincampbell) from @GalenHealthcare

5/25 – TBD
Hosted by Amanda (@LALupusLady)

6/1 – TBD
Hosted by TBD

6/8 – TBD
Hosted by TBD

6/15 – TBD
Hosted by Janice McCallum (@janicemccallum)

6/22 – TBD
Hosted by Lenny Liebmann (@LennyLiebmann)

We look forward to learning from the #HITsm community! As always, let us know if you’d like to host a future #HITsm chat or if you know someone you think we should invite to host.

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About the author

John Lynn

John Lynn

John Lynn is the Founder of, a network of leading Healthcare IT resources. The flagship blog, Healthcare IT Today, contains over 13,000 articles with over half of the articles written by John. These EMR and Healthcare IT related articles have been viewed over 20 million times.

John manages Healthcare IT Central, the leading career Health IT job board. He also organizes the first of its kind conference and community focused on healthcare marketing, Healthcare and IT Marketing Conference, and a healthcare IT conference,, focused on practical healthcare IT innovation. John is an advisor to multiple healthcare IT companies. John is highly involved in social media, and in addition to his blogs can be found on Twitter: @techguy.