N.Y. Governor Andrew M. Cuomo recently announced a $6M award 122 behavioral healthcare providers across the state to improve their IT systems, with the ultimate intent to provide higher quality care at lower costs.
The awards will also be used to improve care coordination and health information exchange, especially under the state’s new managed care program. Said New York State Office of Mental Health Commissioner Dr. Ann Marie Sullivan:
The transition to managed care and development of new home- and community-based services will expand the variety and scale of service options available to children with behavioral health service needs. It is of the utmost importance that the providers that comprise our system are well equipped to serve the children and families who rely upon their expert care.
Other states have made similar moves, and we expect to see more follow suit as the call for both improved technology and higher quality care at lower costs forces providers to reassess their current IT systems.