The United States federal government has committed to improving the nation’s health care system through Health Information Technology (HIT) that allows for comprehensive management of medical information and its secure exchange between health care consumers and providers. The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services sees HIT as having,

“…the potential to improve health care quality, prevent medical errors, increase the efficiency of care provision and reduce unnecessary health care costs, increase administrative efficiencies, decrease paperwork, expand access to affordable care, and improve population health.”

Colorado’s community behavioral health system has already taken great strides towards realizing these goals through implementing ambitious HIT and Electronic Health Record (EHR) systems. In order to keep our state’s behavioral health providers on the leading edge of health reform, it is important that providers and stakeholders be aware of the various standards, requirements, and opportunities on the horizon.

CBHC has developed dynamic online resources to keep our members informed, prepared and positioned to thrive in the coming reformed health care environment. CBHC already offers useful tools to help you understand the complexities of insurance expansion and health care reform on our Reform and Integration resource page. We are now excited to present our Health Information Technology page to further support our members’ efforts.

Please explore this page to find:

  • News Updates from the Office of the National Coordinator on Health Information Technology (ONC)
  • Information and Updates about HIT in Colorado
  • Frequently Asked Questions related to HIT, Certified EHRs, Meaningful Use, and CMS Incentive Programs
  • Links to Additional Resources

NEW

Letter of Support from Senator Michael Bennet for CMHC and other behavioral health organizations to be eligible to receive technical assistance from Regional Extension Centers (RECs) for the implementation of HIT