The November LTPAC Roundtable titled "The Challenges of Care Coordination Involving Behavioral Health Data: A Panel Discussion” explored the varied challenges clinicians, health systems and HIEs face in sharing behavioral health data across the healthcare eco-system, as well as the approaches used to successfully exchange the data. At the end of the meeting, attendees were asked to share their opinions on the following question. Responses could range from 1 (not at all confident) to 5 (extremely confident).
How confident are you in the healthcare community’s ability to securely share behavioral health data?
A total of 54 individuals participated in the study, reflecting approximately 40 percent of those who attended the meeting. Overall, the respondents expressed a degree of confidence (Average score = 3.19) in the healthcare community’s ability to securely share behavioral data. While not strongly positive, these findings are encouraging given the slight tilt towards the positive end of the rating scale when analyzing the distribution of responses (chart 1).
Chart 1: How confident are you in the healthcare community’s ability to securely share behavioral health data (all respondents)?
Yet it was the analysis of this question by the respondent’s work site (provider versus vendor organization) which yielded a most interesting finding. Respondents representing a vendor (Average score = 3.41) tended to have a much more positive view of the community’s capabilities than those working for a provider organization (Average score = 2.79). Indeed, vendor respondents were more positively skewed in their evaluations than providers (chart 2).
Chart 2: How confident are you in the healthcare community’s ability to securely share behavioral health data (responses by worksite)?
The disconnect between these two audiences invite for further exploration. On the one hand, it suggests vendors have insights about data sharing that are not widely held by providers. Perhaps they’ve seen it work or know it can work given certain conditions. On the other hand, it is possible providers have insights about data sharing that are not widely held by providers (e.g. they know the challenges and perhaps believe the solutions offered by vendors are insufficient).
Whatever the answer, the findings are interesting and relevant.
For more information about the HIMSS LTPAC Roundtable including upcoming webinars and participation details, visit the HIMSS LTPAC Roundtable webpage.