The Mental Health Care Coordination Project seeks to improve the coordination and management of care of persons with affective disorders through the Patient Centered Medical Home (PCMH) model supported by the implementation and effective use of health information technology.
Six NCQA Level 3 PCMHs are participating; each has a comprehensive, interoperable electronic medical record (EMR) system designed to manage both individual and population-based health, and report nationally-recognized quality outcome data. The participating PCMHs include a mix of both large community health centers and smaller and solo private practices.
Working collaboratively and through the Taconic Health Information Network and Community (THINC), HITCH supports its partners to develop the health information infrastructure -- advanced functionality, new uses of the EMR -- to create an improved approach to the delivery of care. The success of the project will be demonstrated through improved management and coordination of care, as well as patient outcomes, for 8,550 patients with affective disorders in NY State’s lower Hudson Valley.