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Study Finds Absence of Behavioral Health Data in EHRs Threatens Patient Safety

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EHR Intelligence writes: The absence of behavioral health data in EHRs undermines the value of physician EHR use and threatens safety of patients with mental illness.  Researchers in a recent study in the Journal of the American Medical Informatics Association (JAMIA) investigated missing clinical and behavioral health data in primary care EHR technology.  The study found that the lack of integration, interoperability, and exchange in US health care resulted in a major EHR missing roughly half of the clinical information.  That conclusion includes both behavioral health data as well as information resulting from patient visits to specialty care providers.

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