HealthInfoNet Releases Recommendations for Substance Use Disorder Data Integration

HealthInfoNet is proud to release its “Substance Use Disorder Information Exchange Strategic Plan” with the goal of advancing data-informed integrated care workflows for persons with substance use disorders. The report was developed in partnership with community stakeholders and with support from the Maine Health Access Foundation and The Betterment Fund.

In February 2019, HealthInfoNet initiated a 12-month statewide planning project to convene key community stakeholders with the objective of developing a strategic plan outlining how technology and data across physical and mental health services could be used to address Maine’s opioid crisis. The effort was encouraged in large part by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration’s release of its Final Rule to 42 CFR Part 2, which expands the ways in which a patient’s substance use disorder (SUD) information may be shared.

The plan organizes its key recommendations into the core components of SUD data sharing: (a) legal framework, (b) patient consent materials, (c) clinical treatment workflow, and (d) technical operations. As Maine considers its options and future in combatting the opioid crisis, HealthInfoNet hopes this plan can become a foundation from which others can evolve and learn as more advanced solutions become available to improve the quality and safety of care for patients with substance use disorders.

Continue learning about our Substance Use Disorder Information Exchange Strategic Plan:

  • Read the plan here.
  • Watch our webinar overview on the plan here.