Thursday, August 18, 2011

Electronic Health Record System For Mental Health Care: Request for Information (RFI)

We invite your response to this Request for Information (RFI), issued by The Fund for Public Health in New York, Inc. (FPHNY), on behalf of the Division of Mental Hygiene (DMH) of the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene (DOHMH) and the New York City Regional Electronic Adoption Center for Health (NYC REACH).

These agencies have formed JOIN MH (Joint Opportunities for Integrated Networks in Mental Health), a program dedicated to assisting mental health providers in successfully adopting interoperable electronic health record systems and effectively using these systems to improve the quality and value of the care and services they offer.

As advocates for NYC mental health providers, JOIN MH desires to partner with the most qualified EHR vendors and work with vendors and providers to achieve the widest possible dissemination of high quality, interoperable EHRs. EHR systems are sought that are sufficiently robust to meet the clinical workflow needs of a broad range of mental health providers, to enable eligible providers to achieve Meaningful Use standards, and to facilitate the coordination of care between primary care and mental health providers through health information exchange.

This RFI identifies minimum requirements for the opportunity to be selected as a JOIN MH Partner Vendor and additional requirements or information that will be considered in the application process.

We encourage EHR vendors to respond to this RFI, as it will be important for us to offer a range of options to meet the needs of our provider partners. Above all, we seek to work in partnership with vendors who understand the needs of behavioral health providers and have the flexibility to grow and adapt as health IT matures.

To read the RFI instructions and retrieve the Response Spreadsheet for response entry, please click on the following link:

We look forward to receiving your Letter of Intent and Minimum Requirements Response (due August 29, at Noon - New York time). Full RFI responses are due on September 23, 2011 at 5 pm. Questions regarding this RFI and the related process should be addressed to

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