The Colorado Regional Health Information Organization (CORHIO) expects to launch a pilot later this year in which the HIE will take behavioral health data on a patient-by-patient basis—for those patients that have signed a consent—and share it with healthcare counterparts in long-term care and hospitals.

Federal regulations governing the confidentiality of alcohol and substance abuse treatment records (42 CFR Part 2) require patient consent for disclosure of such information. It requires that a patient give explicit written consent each time treatment records are released; the consent must include to whom the records are released, and be for one time only.

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