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CurrentCare, Rhode Island’s statewide Health Information Exchange (HIE), is first in the nation to receive continuous updates in real-time with behavioral health patient information and automatically integrate with medical information, providing a comprehensive patient health profile. This first was achieved when behavioral health data began flowing into CurrentCare from The Providence Center’s EssentiaTM EHR system. LWSI applauds the success and significance of this cooperative endeavor in paving the way to the realization of true integrated healthcare.

CurrentCare recently began to integrate continuous, live updates of behavioral health consumer data, which is consolidated in Continuity of Care Documents (CCD). Data, which includes substance abuse information covered under 42 CFR Part II, is deposited into the statewide repository of enrolled individuals’ health data from participating hospitals, labs, pharmacies, and medical practices. This milestone was achieved through the collaboration of teams at The Providence Center (TPC) and Rhode Island Quality Institute (RIQI), which operates CurrentCare.

The solution was presented by Charles Hewitt, Director, HIE Product Delivery RIQI, and Bill Cadieux, CIO TPC, at a Center for Integrated Health Solutions (CIHS)  sponsored webinar on Monday March 25th; titled “Health IT for Primary and Behavioral Healthcare Integration” which can be accessed at: CIHS is a training and technical assistance center funded under a cooperative agreement with SAMHSA and HRSA, which is managed by the National Council for Community Behavioral Healthcare.

“RIQI has always been steadfast in the belief that treating the whole individual is imperative to improving health outcomes,” said Laura Adams, RIQI President & CEO.  “With this exchange, CurrentCare provides not only current health information, but integrates behavioral health and substance abuse data with medical data. We are proud to connect providers with information that helps them treat the whole patient and improves quality and safety of care.”

The Providence Center’s CIO, Bill Cadieux, speaking to the collaborative effort to achieve this milestone, said, “Everyone involved deserves tremendous credit for working together to focus on developing a working and secure solution; in particular, the unique requirements to protect substance abuse related personal health information.” Cadieux went on to say, ”The Providence’s Center’s contribution was made possible with the partnership with our EHR vendor, LWSI. They definitely have the people plus technology equation right. They have a long history of delivering forward-leaning technology to meet TPC’s unique needs; and in this case, we were confident in the adaptability of EssentiaTM EHR platform and the Essentia Connect interface engine to meet CurrentCare’s Direct messaging specifications and TPC’s expectations. Even more impressive was the critical thought the LWSI team invested in the ultimate solution seamlessly automating it within Essentia, making it transparent to TPC users’ workflow.”

“This is a triumph and watershed event in the momentum toward integrated healthcare in the United States,” added Mike Lardiere, VP for Health Information Technology and Strategic Development at the National Council for Community Behavioral Healthcare. “SAMHSA not only saw the promising potential in RIQI’s mission and past accomplishments in its grant award, but the faith of everyone, including National Council colleagues, was uplifted by RIQI’s affirmative spirit towards taking on the challenges of integrating behavioral health data into a statewide HIE. It is precisely for those reasons The National Council is very pleased to be presenting the Rhode Island Quality Institute with the 2013 Impact Award for Excellence in Health Information Technology at our Annual Conference on the 9th of April.”

“Our people here at LWSI are sincerely honored for the opportunity to play a role in such a significant achievement,” stated Randy Ready, LWSI COO. “At the core of our company’s guiding principles, is to first listen and fully vet our customer’s needs, and only then go about working toward a pragmatic solution. It’s an approach over time that has inspired LWSI to maintain a nimble capability to individually serve our behavioral health partners. Congratulations to the Rhode Island Quality Institute and The Providence Center! Thank you SAMHSA and the National Council!”

About LWSI:

LWSI, headquartered in Little Rock, Arkansas, is dedicated to delivering forward-leaning technologies for behavioral health organizations that enable clinical and administrative efficiencies and improve the mission to provide this vital community service. LWSI develops, implements, and supports Essentia™, the market-leading behavioral health enterprise solution that eliminates the need for paper records, prescriptions, and processes. The company has collaborated with an expert group of behavioral health professionals throughout Essentia’s design process to create a solution that meets the specific needs of providers at the frontlines of delivering care. Essentia™ is one database with fully integrated functionality, including an ONC certified EHR for Meaningful Use, scheduling, billing, and an array of human services, financial, revenue cycle management, and reporting modules. The Essentia™ platform is installed reliably and securely in either the agency’s own infrastructure or hosted in LWSI’s data center. For more information, visit

About Rhode Island Quality Institute

Rhode Island Quality Institute (RIQI) is a center of collaborative innovation that advances health and healthcare transformation. Our mission is to improve the quality, safety and value of healthcare, and share knowledge that advances the field of healthcare improvement. 

RIQI applies transformative measures to help evolve the healthcare system. We identify key initiatives by aligning leading-edge healthcare quality improvement strategies with needs and opportunities in our community. We maintain high-level partnerships with healthcare leaders, government /industry organizations and community-leading groups to build consensus around adopting our strategic focus. As catalysts for change, we achieve solutions using health information technology (HIT), quality improvement science and quality measurement/reporting.

RIQI is a 501c3 non-profit organization founded in 2001 and overseen by a volunteer Board of Directors. Board members are senior health industry leaders from our community, including CEOs of hospitals, health insurers and health-related businesses, along with leaders of consumer groups, academia and government agencies. For more information, visit

About The Providence Center

The Providence Center is at the forefront of innovative approaches to behavioral health care designed to meet the changing needs of the more than 12,000 Rhode Islanders it serves each year. Since The Providence Center opened its doors in 1969, it has been a community resource, providing people from all walks of life with mental health and substance use services in their homes, schools and neighborhoods.

Through over 40 programs and wraparound services, including food and housing, job training, legal services, primary health care and wellness activities, The Providence Center is committed to meeting the community’s needs. For more information, visit

About the National Council for Community Behavioral Healthcare

The National Council for Community Behavioral Healthcare (National Council) is the unifying voice of America’s behavioral health organizations. Together with our 1,950 member organizations, we serve our nation’s most vulnerable citizens — more than 8 million adults and children with mental illnesses and addiction disorders. We are committed to providing comprehensive, high-quality care that affords every opportunity for recovery and inclusion in all aspects of community life. For more information, visit

About The SAMHSA-HRSA Center for Integrated Health Solutions

The SAMHSA-HRSA Center for Integrated Health Solutions is the first “national home” for information, experts, and resources dedicated to behavioral health and primary care integration. It promotes the development of integrated primary and behavioral health services to better address the needs of individuals with mental health and substance use conditions, whether seen in specialty behavioral health or primary care provider settings. CIHS offers technical assistance and resources for all those who are committed to addressing the complete healthcare needs of these individuals. CIHS is run by the National Council for Community Behavioral Healthcare under a cooperative agreement from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and funded jointly by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration and the Health Resources Services Administration. For more information, visit