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From interoperable electronic medical records to interactive smartphone applications, technology is driving new solutions in whole health and promoting integration and collaboration in our healthcare system. New and cutting-edge technologies can also build the critical bridge between raw health data and meaningful outcomes.

Despite widespread adoption of electronic medical records in our health care system, behavioral health providers are lagging in health IT adoption.

— Henry Harbin

Currently, fewer than 30 percent of behavioral health providers have implemented electronic health records. This significantly inhibits behavioral health care integration and fails to capture the needs of patients across clinical settings.

The Kennedy Forum wants to ensure that our mental health system is not left behind and that individuals with mental illness and substance use disorders benefit from important technological advancements. When health plans, providers, and patients have access to the same information, only then can we achieve the best possible health outcomes.

Why It Matters

  • More than 68 percent of adults with a mental disorder had at least one medical condition. Comorbidity is associated with elevated symptom burden, functional impairment, decreased length and quality of life and increased costs.

Focus Group Participants

Alan Axelson, MD
InterCare Health Systems Limited
Michael Byer
M3 Information
George Carpenter
CNS Response
Peter Como, PhD
US Food and Drug Administration
Steve Daviss, MD
M3 Information
Jonathan Evans
InnovaTel Telepsychiatry, LLC
Majid Fotuhi, MD, PhD
NeuroGrow Brain Fitness Center
Adam Gazzaley, MD, PhD
Neuroscience Imaging Center
Robert Gibbs
Magali Haas, MD, PhD
Cohen Veterans Bioscience
Charlie Hartwell
Bridge Builders Group
Thomas Insel, MD
Gary Kagan
Prairie Health Ventures
Sharon Kilcarr
Allison Kumar
US Food and Drug Administration
Jay Lombard, DO
Susan Magsamen
Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Corey McCann, MD, PhD
Pear Therapeutics
Wayne Neff
Robert Plotkin
Arcadian Telepsychiatry
Kevin Scalia
Akaysha Tang, PhD
National Science Foundation
Jim Triandiflou
Relias Learning
Bruce Wexler, MD
Yale School of Medicine
Matthias Ziegler
Lockheed Martin Advanced Technology Laboratories
Bill Bucher
John Cammack
Cammack Associates
Charles Coleman, Jr., PhD
Scott Cousino
Juliana Ekong, MD
Quartet Health
Jocelyn Faubert, PhD
Shanti Fry
Neuromodulation Working Group
Robert Gibbons
University of Chicago
Evian Gordon, MD, PhD
My Brain Solutions
Anthony Hassan
Cohen Veterans Network
Jen Hyatt
Big White Wall
Yi Jin, MD
Brain Treatment Center
Iya Khali, PhD
GNS Healthcare
Mike Knable, MD
Sylvan C. Herman Foundation
Corinna Lathan, PhD
AnthroTronix, Inc David Lischner, MD Valant
Zack Lynch
Neurotechnology Industry Organization
Ana Maiques
Travis Millman
Joe Parks
Missouri HealthNet
Linda Rosenberg
National Council for Community Behavioral Health
Michael Schoenbaum
National Institute of Mental Health
Chris Thatcher
Tom Tsang, MD, MPH
Valera Health
Ted Wright, MHA
Streamline Healthcare Solutions