FEI SUCCESS STORIES
SAMHSA Behavioral Health Information Technologies and Standards (BHITS) Project
Federal and State regulations that protect electronic health records (EHRs) with health care delivery organizations to re-evaluate their workflows for capturing and managing patient-level consent preferences to share or not to share their PHI and PII data across ambulatory and acute care settings. The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) was one of the leading federal agencies to champion this national compliance effort. As a result, there was a need for health information management systems to segment data, elicit patient consent, and ensure compliance to patient preferences that aligned 42 CFR Part 2. This created an immediate need for a technology solution that would be scalable to meet the requirements of this rule and integrate with provider-level health information systems, using federally endorsed interoperability standards.
SAMHSA selected FEI to develop Consent2Share to address this national requirement to expand the protection of a patient’s rights to share their behavioral health information. Consent2Share is an open-source software application that manages the patient consent process, segments patient data, and integrates with existing electronic health record and health information exchange systems. It allows patients to select preferences about which data stored in the source system to share and not share.
Consent2Share enables secure, bi-directional exchange of patient-level data when capturing and managing their consent preferences across care settings. This solution empowers patients to state their preferences for sharing their behavioral healthcare information across their provider network.
Consent2Share can be used to support Federal and State requirements related to specially protected health information, including the federal law 42 CFR Part 2. It puts control of information exchange in the hands of the person in the healthcare system that has a right to decide who has access to their data: the patient.