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Changes to Patient Records Software in NJ

New Horizon makes an essential move

New Jersey Patient Records Software New Horizon Treatment Service

SMART serves New Horizons Treatment Services of New Jersey with patient records software for addiction treatment. Recently, this trusted OTP made an essential move from SMART’s legacy on-premise EHR software to SMART’s new cloud-hosted solution. New Horizon provides comprehensive multi-disciplinary outpatient addiction treatment services tailored to individuals’ needs. Services include counseling and medicated-assisted treatment (MAT) such as Vivitrol, Methadone, or Subutex. Following this transition, Billing Coordinator, Neerja L. said that “SMART response time has improved drastically. It seems to be faster, especially while generating reports. Patient activity tracer has two timeframe options, which is really helpful.”

Why is cloud-hosting important?

Many issues can occur when using on-premise solutions to store patient health information. Above all, on-premise patient records software don’t have the capabilities to stay current with security and performance. SMART’s cloud-based EHR, powered by Amazon Web Services (AWS) is a secure hosting solution. AWS helps covered entities subject to HIPAA processes, maintain, and store PHI. SMART also employs several extra layers of security that protect data stored in the cloud. SMART’s VPC, dedicated servers, Amazon Aurora, Trend Micro, and Armor security provide exceptional data recovery and virus protection. Learn more

Other benefits of an AWS cloud-hosted solution include efficiency and scalability. Whether you run a network of treatment programs or a private clinic, the ability to grow should be within reach. SMART’s EHR leverages the latest technologies to adjust size and performance with no downtime. Also, you can save on operational costs without the need for the upgrades and updates associated with on-premise solutions.

Lynn Madden, President/CEO APT Foundation

Addiction Treatment and Prisoners

Lynn Madden, President/CEO APT Foundation
Lynn Madden, President/CEO APT Foundation

APT Foundation, a leading provider of substance use disorder, drug, alcohol, mental health, and medication-assisted treatment services in Connecticut, was recently interviewed by News Channel 8 (WTNH) about the efficacy of medication-assisted treatment for opioid addiction.¹

When combined with a comprehensive treatment plan, addiction treatment using methadone has proven to help people reduce or quit their use of heroin or other opiates..² APT treats 4500 patients using methadone and 700 patients using buprenorphine. For methadone treatment, they require a minimum of 3 years of treatment with the goal of keeping patients engaged in their own recovery. According to “addicts who do not use a supervised medication program like methadone to get clean have an 80 to 90 percent chance of relapsing in the first year.”

This article also indicated that 44% of 700 overdose deaths in the State of Connecticut were tied to individuals who were previously incarcerated. “When you combine that statistic with the fact that an inmate’s tolerance for drugs goes down while incarcerated, the result is an increased risk of overdose once they are released.”¹ Government officials have noted the success of prisoner methadone treatment programs already in place and are hoping to expand these types of programs. Dr. Kathleen Maurer, Medical Director for the Connecticut Department of Correction said the goal is to treat 1,000 prisoners a year at an estimated cost of $4 million.³

The Associated Press interviewed Connecticut-based treatment provider, Recovery Networks of Programs, Inc., who has been working directly within the jail system to provide methadone treatment for prisoners suffering from the disease of addiction. CEO John Hamilton said, “It’s the right thing to do…It’s inhumane to have someone go through withdrawal. We don’t want to see those clients suffering.” Prisoner patients also shared that their withdrawal experiences in prison often lead to their hospitalization. One such incarcerated patient said, “It was a real blessing to get back in the program and maintain my sobriety.”³

1.) http://wtnh.com/2016/04/18/connecticut-pushes-to-get-methadone-treatment-for-prisoners/

2.) http://www.samhsa.gov/medication-assisted-treatment/treatment/methadone

3.) http://www.nhregister.com/20160417/connecticut-to-expand-methadone-treatment-in-prisons