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Netsmart Technologies Selected by Douglas Gardens Community Mental Health to Provide Behavioral Health Software Solution

Thursday, March 11, 2010 General News J E 4
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GREAT RIVER, N.Y., March 9 Netsmart Technologies, Inc., a leading provider of software and services for health and human services organizations, today announced that Douglas Gardens Community Mental Health of Miami, Fla. has selected Netsmart enterprise software as its integrated Electronic Health Record and billing system, replacing a legacy software system from another behavioral health software provider.

Douglas Gardens will utilize Netsmart's behavioral health software and related services to manage and integrate key financial, clinical and management processes, and speed and enhance reporting and compliance with the State of Florida.

Douglas Gardens provides mental health programs for the seriously and persistently mentally ill throughout Miami-Dade County. In addition to three residential-based programs, the Center offers a variety of services including, but not limited to, medication management, co-occurring counseling for substance abuse and mental health, case management, housing for the mentally ill homeless, employment services, Alzheimer's respite, and counseling, housing and case management for victims of domestic violence.

Netsmart's Avatar software suite will serve as the foundation for the Douglas Gardens implementation. Included is Avatar Practice Management, the Avatar Clinician Workstation Electronic Health Record (EHR) and Netsmart's comprehensive, workflow-driven Florida state reporting solution within Avatar.

"We expect the EHR will not only increase efficiency and reduce duplicative efforts for our staff, but more importantly, increase the convenience and quality of care for our consumers," said Francine Massaro, director of admissions, health information management, privacy officer and risk manager. "We're proud to be part of the Florida family of Netsmart users."

"We're pleased to have Douglas Gardens included in the growing group of more than 30 Florida mental health and substance abuse treatment providers that have selected Netsmart as their technology partner," said James L. Conway, chief executive officer, Netsmart Technologies. "We look forward to helping them achieve their goal of a fully integrated EHR."

About Netsmart Technologies, Inc.

Netsmart Technologies is an established, leading supplier of enterprise-wide software solutions for health and human services providers. More than 18,000 customer organizations, including 350,000 care providers and nearly 40 state systems, use Netsmart products to help improve the quality of life for millions of people each year.

Netsmart's customers include mental health and substance abuse treatment agencies, psychiatric hospitals, private and group mental health practices, public health departments, vital records offices and managed care organizations. Netsmart's products are full-featured information systems that operate on a variety of operating systems, hardware platforms, and mobile devices, and offer unlimited scalability.

Netsmart's Avatar PM 2006 Release 02 is a CCHIT CertifiedŪ 2006 Ambulatory EHR.

Netsmart's Connected Care initiative allows behavioral and public healthcare providers to share clinical data electronically within their internal processes, externally with other providers, and with consumers via a Web-based portal, enabling high quality, consumer-directed care.

Netsmart provides solutions that help its customers meet the evolving definition of "meaningful use" under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) of 2009. These include a certified electronic health record, the InfoScriber e-prescribing service, the CareConnect service that enables the sharing of clinical information through health information exchanges, and a flexible platform to capture and share outcomes data.

For information about Netsmart Technologies' full range of solutions for health and human services organizations, visit www.ntst.com or call 1-800-421-7503, Option 6.

SOURCE Netsmart Technologies, Inc.
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