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Foothold partners with InterSystems to launch "interoperability center"

August 9, 2013
by Dennis Grantham, Editor-in-Chief
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Foothold Technology, a provider of electronic health record (EHR) software for behavioral health and human service providers, announced a new partnership with InterSystems, a global provider of software for connected care. Foothold will use the InterSystems HealthShare® strategic informatics platform to enable interoperability with regional health information exchanges (HIEs), human service agencies, and healthcare providers nationwide using Foothold’s AWARDS behavioral health software for human service providers.
 
The partnership coincides with Foothold’s preparations to launch its Interoperability Center in the fall of 2013. The Foothold Interoperability Center will enable healthcare providers in a Health Home or other Continuum of Care settings to participate in safe, secure, HIPAA-compliant data exchanges using Foothold’s AWARDS software.
 
The Affordable Care Act of 2010 created an optional Medicaid State Plan benefit for states to establish Health Homes to coordinate care for people with Medicaid who have chronic conditions. Health Homes are care providers that operate under a “whole-person” philosophy – by integrating and coordinating all primary, acute, behavioral health, and long-term services and support to treat the whole person.
 
“Our partnership with InterSystems aligns with our commitment to liberate human service providers from the burdens of recordkeeping, offering them the freedom to focus on their missions,” said Marlowe Greenberg, Foothold’s founder and CEO. “As the landscape of healthcare changes rapidly, we are preparing our clients to face the challenges ahead with the most advanced technology available. Many of the agencies we serve would not be able to afford this level of sophistication on their own, but can leverage our product and service as part of a larger community.”
 
"It's a kind of group purchase we've made on behalf of our clients," said Foothold's Nick Scharlatt. The goal, he continued, is to enable "a large interoperabilty cloud that gives customers, small and large, to connect and exchange data with a much broader range of organizations - HIEs, RHIOs, medical and health homes." Developing such a large enterprise in-house was not realistic, he continued, since there are so many 'unknowns' in the process. So, Foothold is partnering with InterSystems, a global provider of such services, to get the job done.
 
Earlier this year, Netsmart Technologies (College Park, KS), which provides a range of EHR solutions for behavioral health, announced the industry's first interoperabilty initiative, CareConnect, which is being developed internally.
 
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