Netsmart Technologies Selected by Wake County, N.C. to Provide Behavioral Healthcare Software and Implementation Services

Wednesday, July 9, 2008 General News
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GREAT RIVER, N.Y., July 8 Netsmart Technologies, Inc., aleading provider of enterprise-wide software and services for health and humanservices organizations, today announced it has signed a contract with WakeCounty, North Carolina, to provide behavioral healthcare software and relatedimplementation services. Terms of the agreement were not disclosed.

Wake County Human Services (WCHS) will utilize Netsmart's Avatar PracticeManagement software for behavioral health services management, clientscheduling, billing, accounts receivables and reporting. In addition, thecounty will use Avatar Clinician Workstation for key behavioral healthclinical activities, including assessment, progress notes, treatment planningand reporting.

Netsmart is now the technology partner of choice for more North Carolinaproviders and Local Management Entities (LMEs) combined than any othersoftware company.

"Our more than 20 years experience serving a variety of North Carolinaproviders and LMEs will help us meet the wide ranging needs of Wake County,"said James L. Conway, chief executive officer, Netsmart Technologies. "We lookforward to serving as Wake County's technology partner as they provide highquality care to consumers in an efficient, cost-effective manner."

WCHS provides social services, public health, mental health, job training,child support and housing services through 27 locations and provides supportfor consumers through 82 agency services. WCHS already utilizes Netsmart'sInsight software for public health clinic management.

The Netsmart system will provide an end-to-end resource for WCHS,including managing information for service authorizations, clinical andelectronic medical record (EMR) documentation, billing, and payment tracking.

"While in the process of enhancing our LME, we found a very promisingproduct that has also been embraced by other LMEs. This product has theability to address the unique data collection and reporting requirementsassociated with our dual role as a service provider and LME," said RamonRojano, director, Wake County Human Services. "With its Connected Carecapabilities, we will be able to share client information within ourorganization in a more efficient way, but still in compliance with clientprivacy and security guidelines."

The Wake County LME will utilize Netsmart's Avatar Managed ServicesOrganization (MSO) solution to manage and monitor the provision of mentalhealth, developmental disabilities and substance abuse treatment services forthe Wake County area. Avatar MSO will also facilitate payment tracking for theLME with third party funding sources as well as facilitate data reporting tothe State of North Carolina.

In addition, the Wake County LME will use Netsmart's CareLink Web-basedportal to enable providers to communicate with the Wake County LMEelectronically, increasing the speed and efficiency of claims processing andreporting, and helping assure that only authorized services are submitted tothe LME for payment.

For information about Netsmart Technology's full range of solutions forhealth and human services organizations, visit or call1-800-421-7503.

About Netsmart Technologies, Inc.

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

Netsmart's customers include mental health and substance abuse treatmentagencies, psychiatric hospitals, private and group mental health practices,public health departments, vital records offices and managed careorganizations. Netsmart's products are full-featured information systems thatoperate on a variety of operating systems

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