Transforming Care With an HIE in the Behavioral Health Setting

Thursday, April 20 at 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM CT
South Building, Level 5 | S505

Avera Health in partnership with the South Dakota Health Link (South Dakota’s Health Information Exchange) have developed a collaboration with strategies to transform care delivery in the behavioral healthcare setting. The collaboration has allowed the region’s leader in behavioral health to effectively obtain critical patient information with a unique care delivery model to assess and treat mental health and substance use disorders. This care delivery model is a partnership between the county, city, and another healthcare system in the region, to provide 24/7 access to patients experiencing a mental health crisis or in need of substance abuse intervention. The collaboration has also allowed the healthcare system to retrospectively review data in the state of South Dakota to better understand how to stop suicides and opioid related deaths. Too often healthcare systems provide or implement intervention without the opportunity to evaluate outcomes. This collaboration has allowed the healthcare system to evaluate differences in demographics, risk factors versus protective factors, assessment, and treatment strategies to positively impact the fight against suicide and opioid related deaths.

Learning Objectives

  • Explain how the use of the health information exchange is able to overcome the barrier of medication reconciliation in crisis and acute care settings
  • Demonstrate how a health information exchange can be utilized to effectively evaluate outcomes when implementing zero suicide strategies
  • Identify how a health information exchange may assist in better understanding the role of the healthcare system in the fight against the opioid epidemic
CEO/COO, Nurse or Nurse Practitioner, Physician or Physician’s Assistant


Amber Reints, PMHNP
Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner
Avera McKennan Behavioral Health
Kevin DeWald
Executive Director
South Dakota Health Link
Matthew Stanley
Vice President and Medical Director
Behavioral Health Clinical Service Line