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Stratis Health Releases Four Health Information Technology Toolkits

Support will Advance e-Health for Behavioral Health and Home Health Providers, Social Service Agencies, and Local Health Departments

Published Tuesday, April 1, 2014

Health providers in four settings now have new resources to assist them with planning for e-health and health information technology (HIT). Stratis Health has developed decision making toolkits designed to help providers with e-health projects to better serve their clients and communities and to meet the Minnesota 2015 Interoperable Electronic Health Record (EHR) mandate. These toolkits were funded by a recent grant from the Minnesota Department of Health.

HIT and e-health help improve quality of care, increase patient safety, reduce health care costs, and enable individuals to make the best possible health decisions. Through the toolkits, providers are introduced to health information technology in their specific health care settings to gain an understanding of what health information exchange (HIE) means to them.

The toolkits include a variety of tools, webinars, reference documents, and resources essential to behavioral health, home health, social service, and local health department communities. These tools help the providers select, implement, and use electronic health record systems and other HIT solutions. The tools address privacy and security, and reference the Minnesota 2015 Interoperable EHR Mandate as well as specific state and federal mandates and regulations pertaining to the specific health settings.

Susan Severson, vice president, health information technology services, Stratis Health, said e-health plays an important role in all areas of patient care. The use of EHRs will benefit care providers by simplifying the collection of data throughout the care management process and increasing the continuity and quality of care patients receive.

“The country is trying to figure out how to improve care and lower cost, and HIT plays an important role in enabling these much needed changes,” Severson said. “It is hard to advance in the work of improving quality and patient safety without the foundational e-health tools. I think the health reform roadmap that Stratis Health has been developing demonstrates how HIT is a tool to support the health reform movements. As settings of care begin to more tightly integrate, being a strong partner with the right foundations in place will be imperative.”

The toolkits and online training resources are available to download free of charge from the Stratis Health website:

For more information, contact Bill Sonterre, Stratis Health, 612-584-7902.