06/20/2019 03:15:53 PM
The Episcopal Health Foundation (EHF) recently made a $600,000 investment in a new electronic health records system that will allow Texana Center to advance the delivery of services and expand the coordination of care for those served across the approximately 6,000 square mile service area.
The new system will give Texana Center’s doctors the ability to e-prescribe as well as more easily collaborate with community health partners who may be providing care to the same individual. This cross-communication by providers will ensure that each individual receives care that addresses his or her well-being as a whole person.
The primary catalyst for the new electronic health record system is the potential for Texana’s Behavioral Healthcare Clinics to become Certified Community Behavioral Healthcare Clinics (CCBHCs). CCBHCs provide a comprehensive array of services needed to create access, stabilize clients in crisis, and provide the necessary treatment for those with the most serious, complex mental illnesses and substance use disorders.
This grant allows Texana Center to transform and grow along with other behavioral healthcare systems in Texas as the sector shifts to focus on population health management, value-based care, and enhanced coordination of care and collaboration.
CEO George Patterson stated “We are so grateful for the Episcopal Health Foundation’s investment that will move Texana forward toward our goal of providing trauma-informed, person-centered care that is driven by client feedback and participation. This grant will enable us to work more efficiently and take advantage of future opportunities that arise for centers like ours in Texas.”
“Episcopal Health Foundation is committed to community-based approaches, especially those that consider the integration of primary care and behavioral health providers,” said Cindy Lucia, program officer at EHF. “This important investment is part of a culture change across Texas that’s necessary for seamless communication between providers to help develop plans that are responsive to a patient’s behavioral and physical needs.”