Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology Announcement Notice of Requirements and Registration for 'Behavioral Health Patient Empowerment Challenge' Posted in Federal Register
WASHINGTON, Aug. 27 -- The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services published the following notice in the Federal Register:
Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology; Announcement of Requirements and Registration for "Behavioral Health Patient Empowerment Challenge"
A Notice by the Health and Human Services Department on 08/27/2013
Publication Date: Tuesday, August 27, 2013
Agency: Department of Health and Human Services
Dates: Submission period begins: August 21, 2013.
Entry Type: Notice
Document Citation: 78 FR 52921
Page: 52921 -52923 (3 pages)
Document Number: 2013-20790
Shorter URL: https://federalregister.gov/a/2013-20790
Behavioral health disorders are common in the United States. Approximately 20% of adults and 13% of adolescents suffer from mental disorders each year and 8.7% of Americans aged 12 and older experience substance dependence or abuse each year. 1 2 Rates of mental health problems are significantly higher for patients with chronic conditions such as diabetes, asthma, and heart conditions3 and failure to treat both physical and mental health conditions results in poorer health outcomes and higher health care costs.3Yet despite the high personal and societal burden of these disorders fewer than half of adults and only one-third of children with mental disorders and only 11 percent of individuals with substance use disorders receive treatment. 1 2 For many individuals this results from limited access to care, for others it is a result of reservations about accessing specialty care.
12010-2011 National Survey on Drug Use and Health, http://www.samhsa.gov/data/nsduh/2k10nsduh/2k10results.htm.
2Results from the 2010 NSDUH: Mental Health Findings: http://www.samhsa.gov/data/nsduh/2k10MH_Findings/2k10MHResults.htm.
Health IT has significant potential to enable self management of behavioral health disorders (including both mental health and substance use disorders) as well as to act as a treatment extender for patients with limited access to care. On September 16thOffice of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC), in partnership with the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), Office of National Drug Control Policy (ONDCP), and National Institutes of Health (NIH) is organizing a Technology Innovations for Substance Abuse and Mental Health Disorders Conference taking place at the White House. This conference will highlight how technology can be used to improve treatment for behavioral health disorders. In conjunction with this conference ONC is issuing this Behavioral Health Patient Empowerment Challenge to identify and highlight existing technologies that empower consumers to manage their mental health and/or substance use disorders.