SATVA Continues Dialogue with Providers
about Interoperability Needs

For Immediate Release
(New York, NY - September 1, 2010) - The Interoperability Workgroup, sponsored by the Software and Technology Vendors' Association (SATVA), met in Chicago on August 19, 2010 at MHCA's summer conference. The presentation by Bill Connors, SATVA Board President, and Mike Morris, SATVA Board Member provided attendees introductory material related to interoperability, Meaningful Use, and the various types of certification. Attendees received an overview of the Interoperability group's success in advancing health information exchange in behavioral health. SATVA member companies demonstrated the successful sending and receiving of a Continuity of Care Document (CCD) for the group. The CCD is an HL7 standard specification for exchange of patient summary clinical data.

MHCA and SATVA representatives worked together to better understand some of the challenges implementing a CCD and realizing true interoperability and health information exchange. This included mechanisms to manage patient consents, re-disclosure of client information and operating within confines of state and federal laws governing patient information. The next meeting of the Interoperability Workgroup will be at MHCA's November Conference in San Francisco.

About SATVA: The Software and Technology Vendors' Association (SATVA) is a trade organization for vendors of behavioral health and human services software and information technology. Its members have a genuine concern for promoting the use of effective information technology in behavioral health and human services; helping to formulate and support quality improvement for the highest industry standards; and facilitating the delivery of more efficient and effective consumer services through use of information technology.

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