Through the partnership, UBHC is expected to rollout vxVistA, based on the US Department of Veterans Affairs proven VistA EHR foundation, to all clinical staff in the organization.

UBHC will also implement the vxMental Health Suite, which is designed to meet the specific needs of mental health providers and their patients. It will enable clinicians to create, edit and view inter-disciplinary mental health treatment plans electronically while meeting governing organization standards.

The organization has also selected the following modules, all of which are integrated with vxVistA for a seamless flow of information between systems and users: vxRelease of Information, an automated system for managing electronic medical records release of information requests from the vxVistA database; vxDocument Manager, a document scanning and imaging system that allows users to scan a variety of documents and electronically link them to patient records;

The applications will streamline the behavioral health organization’s clinical documentation processes and related workflow, helping to further improve the quality of care given to patients.

Mark Byers, president and CEO of DSS, said: “UBHC’s selection of vxVistA signifies the momentum behind these open source EHRs and the importance of collaborative solutions in the behavioral health sector. We look forward to see the innovations and developments that UBHC is able to contribute as it works to further enhance the VistA platform.

“We look forward to developing and commenting on new and unique applications of vxVistA that other organizations can use to support mental healthcare across the country. The behavioral health industry needs a system that can capture necessary and vital information so that quality of care and patient experiences can continue to improve and we at UBHC hope to contribute to those efforts.”

Chris Kosseff, CEO of UBHC, said: “By leveraging this proven platform, we join a collaborative group of VistA users working to enhance and create new technology that our organization and others in a variety of healthcare settings can use to improve the quality of care.”