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VHA Mental Health Information System: Applying Health Information Technology to Monitor and Facilitate Implementation of VHA Uniform Mental Health Services Handbook Requirements.
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PMID:  23407008     Owner:  NLM     Status:  In-Data-Review    
AIM: : To describe the design and deployment of health information technology to support implementation of mental health services policy requirements in the Veterans Health Administration (VHA).
METHODS: : Using administrative and self-report survey data, we developed and fielded metrics regarding implementation of the requirements delineated in the VHA Uniform Mental Health Services Handbook. Finalized metrics were incorporated into 2 external facilitation-based quality improvement programs led by the VHA Mental Health Operations. To support these programs, tailored site-specific reports were generated.
RESULTS: : Metric development required close collaboration between program evaluators, policy makers and clinical leadership, and consideration of policy language and intent. Electronic reports supporting different purposes required distinct formatting and presentation features, despite their having similar general goals and using the same metrics.
DISCUSSION: : Health information technology can facilitate mental health policy implementation but must be integrated into a process of consensus building and close collaboration with policy makers, evaluators, and practitioners.
Jodie A Trafton; Greg Greenberg; Alex H S Harris; Sara Tavakoli; Lisa Kearney; John McCarthy; Fredric Blow; Rani Hoff; Mary Schohn
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Medical care     Volume:  51 Suppl     ISSN:  1537-1948     ISO Abbreviation:  Med Care     Publication Date:  2013 Mar 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2013-02-14     Completed Date:  -     Revised Date:  -    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  0230027     Medline TA:  Med Care     Country:  United States    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  S29-36     Citation Subset:  IM    
*Program Evaluation and Resource Center, VA Palo Alto Health Care System, Menlo Park, CA †North East Program Evaluation Center, VA West Haven Health Care System, West Haven, CT ‡Department of Veterans Affairs, Mental Health Operations, Washington, DC §Department of Psychiatry, University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio, San Antonio, TX ∥Serious Mental Illness Treatment Evaluation Center, VA Ann Arbor Health Care System, Ann Arbor, MI.
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