Statement from the County of Santa Clara Behavioral Health Services.
Provider Connect Enterprise Overview
What is ProviderConnect Enterprise?
ProviderConnect Enterprise is an automation effort via Application Programming Interface (API) webservices to securely share meaningful data between the County of Santa Clara Behavioral Health Services and its Contracted Providers. ProviderConnect Enterprise is a solution designed by Netsmart Technologies that leverages FHIR APIs developed and maintained by HL7.
Several workflows are supported through ProviderConnect Enterprise, which include but are not limited to: Client Admission and Registration, Client Demographics, Financial Eligibility, Diagnosis information, and Client Consent.
What is FHIR?
Fast Healthcare Interoperability Resources (FHIR) is a standard describing data formats and elements and an application programming interface for exchanging electronic health records. As healthcare records are increasingly becoming digitized and patients move within the healthcare ecosystem, their electronic health records must be available, discoverable, and understandable. Further, to support automated clinical decision support and other machine-based processing, the data must also be structured and standardized. HL7 has been addressing these challenges by developing FHIR standards.
Why use FHIR?
FHIR aims to simplify implementation without sacrificing information integrity. It leverages existing logical and theoretical models to provide a consistent, easy to implement, and rigorous mechanism for exchanging data between healthcare applications.
The Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC) is calling on the industry to adopt standardized APIs, specifically FHIR, to help allow individuals to securely and easily access structured electronic health information. The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) is proposing to require programs to implement, test, and monitor openly published FHIR-based APIs as the new standard for interoperability of data.
Why use ProviderConnect Enterprise?
The goal of ProviderConnect Enterprise is to provide interoperability between the County of Santa Clara Behavioral Health Services and its Contracted Providers. This effort will streamline care coordination, significantly reduce dual data entry, establish real-time integration, and improve data quality.
Integration with ProviderConnect Enterprise is started by creating an account at https://fhirtest.netsmartcloud.com/home. Once your account is created and approved as a valid stakeholder, a full Companion Guide will be viewable for the user.